NIPSCO to begin cleanup of former gas plant property in Logansport

SOURCE: News release from NIPSCO

Merrillville, Ind. — Starting Monday, July 6, NIPSCO will begin the cleanup of a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site in Logansport that is a part of the city’s history. The cleanup comes after testing has shown that there is no current risk to human health or the environment.

In an effort to ensure the protection of the environment, NIPSCO has an ongoing program to study former sites where gas was historically manufactured to learn what environmental impacts may have occurred. Based on available historical site information, a manufactured gas plant operated on E. Erie Avenue, between S. 5th Street and Elm Street, from around 1885 until the early 1900s.

NIPSCO recently tested the site and found byproducts and residues typical of gas manufacturing operations. To be sure the site does not pose a problem over the long run, the company will remove impacted soil and replace it with clean fill.

NIPSCO will be working at the site and in adjacent, city-owned, right-of -way areas between July and September. The company will try to minimize construction impacts to the neighborhood during this work. Neighbors may notice an increase in noise and truck traffic weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Construction trucks will enter and exit the site from E. Erie Avenue.) People in the area may also notice an occasional odor of tar or mothballs. An odor-reducing foam will be used during remediation to keep nuisance odors to a minimum. Air quality will be monitored to ensure the safety of the public and workers.

Anyone with questions about the project is invited to contact Karen McLean, Public Affairs Manager with NIPSCO, at(765) 434-6056 or karenmclean@nisource.com. The Cass County Health Department also has information on the types of materials found at the site.