Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at proposal (September 18, 1985): Prestolite Battery Division manufactures LEAD acid batteries on a 17.5-acre site in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana. In 1945, Prestolite, a division of Allied Corp. of Ohio, purchased the property from Eltra Corp., which is no longer in existence. About 30.9 tons of hazardous wastes in the form of spills and uncontained piles are on the site, according to the State. Analyses conducted by a consultant to Prestolite detected high levels (up to 25,000 parts per million) of LEAD in on-site soil, threatening ground water. PCBS and SULFURIC ACID were also found in on-site soil. About 20,000 people depend on wells within 3 miles of the site as a source of drinking water. Other portions of the Prestolite facility are regulated under other Federal laws. A waste water lagoon on the site received Interim Status under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when Prestolite filed Part A of a permit application. Instead of seeking an operating permit, the company has decided to close the lagoon. Its closure plan is being reviewed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). More...
Sources of Contamination:
- Discharge to sewer/surface water
- Manufacturing process
- Storage - drums/containers of waste