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EPA seeks public comment on proposed cleanup plan for NIPSCO Bailly Generating Facility in Chesterton, Indiana

Comment period runs July 6 to August 19

Contact Information: 
Ben Weiss (

CHESTERTON, Indiana. (July 6, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins a 45-day public comment period on the proposed cleanup plan for Area C of the NIPSCO Bailly Generating Facility in Chesterton.  The nearby Indiana Dunes National Park has been impacted by a solid waste management unit in Area C.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, NIPSCO used the solid waste management unit to dispose of ash created from burning coal to generate electricity. The ash is buried about 25 feet underground.  Coal ash contains various hazardous metals and the primary contaminant of concern in the park is a metal called boron. Underground water, or groundwater, is in contact with the ash and carries the underground contamination into the park.

A pre-recorded presentation on the proposed plan is available online at:  The project’s contacts will be available from 6-8pm EST on Monday, August 3, 2020 to answer questions live through a conference line, accessible at 312-667-5632, conf. code 1344648.

Comments on the proposed plan can be submitted between July 6 and August 19, 2020, in these ways:

U.S. EPA Region 5

External Communications Office

77 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60604-3590

To read the proposed plan, watch the pre-recorded presentation, or find out more information about the site, visit: