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Indiana Department of Environmental Management fails to alert Hoosiers of risk of PCB contamination
Hoosier Talk
11/29/2002


In the summer of 2002, it was revealed that residents of Bedford had been living with soil and water contaminated with PCBís for nearly 25 years with little or no action by the state to address the serious problem. The carcinogenic substance has been leaching into local soil and streams since the late 1970ís in run-off from a nearby GM plant.

Area residents have been experiencing a myriad of health problems including cancer and reproductive disorders for years and yet the state has done nothing but warn them not to eat fish caught in local waterways (Indianapolis Star 7/25/02).

Indiana ranks #2 in dumping untreated sewage into its waterways

Due to outdated storm and sanitary sewage systems in more than 270 Indiana communities, more than 3.5 billion gallons of raw sewage have been dumped into our stateís rivers since 1997. Indiana dumps more untreated waste into its waterways than any other state except for Pennsylvania
(Indianapolis Star 10/13/02). The problem is of particular concern in Northwest Indiana, where more than 400 million gallons of untreated sewage overflows were reported.
Much of that waste ends up in local swimming holes and Lake Michigan. Untold millions would be needed to replace the outdated combined sewage overflow systems that are causing this contamination (Hammond Times 7/25/02).

September 2002

Quality of Air in 2002 worst since 1988

In the summer of 2002, Indiana records abysmal air quality, its worst in over a decade. Ozone levels exceed the federal standard for 25 days, compared to just 11 days last year, with the record high well above the federal standard, cited The Indianapolis Star (9/11/02). Not only does Indiana not meet the updated federal ozone standards,only recently has it come into compliance with the old standards.

State ignores U.S. Clean Water Act

Indiana has failed Hoosier farmers and Hoosier residents by ignoring the U.S. Clean Water Act. IDEM has never issued permits to feedlots prior to 1999, (which allows farmers to discharge pollutants into Indiana waterways), nor did IDEM inspect the feedlots to enforce the rules of operation. The permits allow Indiana to keep track of the pollutants that are dumped into waterways and regulate pollutant levels.

Failure to comply with the Clean Water Act has resulted in all but 18 waterways in Indiana being declared unswimmable (Indianapolis Star 9/18/02).

October 2002

Three Indiana cities among 10 unhealthiest in the nation

A recent study by womenís health magazine Self reveals three Indiana cities are among the 10 unhealthiest in the nation.

Indianapolis ranks as the second unhealthiest. South Bend ranked 6th and Gary ranked 10th. The rankings were based on criteria such as crime rate, air quality and access to medical care (Self Magazine, MSN News 10/01/02).

White River Fish Kill

The December 1999 contamination of 50 miles of the White River resulted in 117 tons of dead fish and has cost Indiana taxpayers over $1.4 million.
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