EAST CHICAGO - More than 2,000 tons of charred tire shreds stored at the
East Chicago transfer station are being removed through agreements with the
Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Removal of the burned tire remains began Thursday at the East Chicago
transfer station, 5400 Cline Ave. The charred, shredded tires were moved to the
transfer station site after the 1994 fire at Rubber Material Handling.
The fire there ignited July 16, 1994, and burned 70,000 tons of shredded and
whole tires before the blaze was extinguished Aug. 22, 1994. As the fire
burned, charred tire shreds were removed from the site to make room for fire
IDEM hired Waste Recovery of Dupo, Ill., to conduct part of the $76,000
cleanup, which expected to be complete by the end of this week. Those tires
will be taken to the Newton County landfill for disposal.
Through an agreement with IDEM, Neutralysis Industries of Northwest Indiana
and Indiana Recycling L.L.C. are disposing of 650 tons of the 2,000 tons stored
at the East Chicago transfer station.
Neutralysis and Indiana Recycling violated operating permits this year by
failing to close the transfer station by Dec. 31, 1996. IDEM ordered the
companies to pay a cash penalty of $1,941 and to spend $20,150 removing 650
tons of remaining tire shreds from the transfer station site. The companies
will work with Meyer Waste Systems to transport those tires to Forest Lawn
Landfill in Three Oaks, Mich.
"The reason they didn't have a higher cash penalty is we wanted them to do
the cleanup and felt that was a fair way to handle it," said Jo Lynn Ewing,
spokeswoman for IDEM. "Neutralysis and Indiana Recycling are not responsible
for those tires being there, but we thought it would be an excellent way to
have them give back for the other violations."
In another project, IDEM completed the $529,000 tire cleanup of A.S.K.
Shredders, 415 151st St. in East Chicago, in November, removing 5,641 tons of
waste tires and 460 cubic yards of asbestos waste from the site.
The company operated a tire processing facility at the East Chicago location
from 1988 to 1994 and was cited for tire storage violations in 1993. The issue
was referred to IDEM's office of enforcement and is currently being handled by
the Indiana attorney general's office.