Reilly Tar & Chemical Corp. (Indianapolis Plant)
Community Involvement Coordinator
Cheryl Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-353-6196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 36196
Remedial Project Manager
Dion Novak (email@example.com)
312-886-4737 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64737
(where to view written records)
One Library Square
40 E. St. Claire St.
The 120-acre Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation site has been used for the production of specialty chemicals and related products since the early 1950s. Until 1972, a coal-tar refining and wood treatment facility that used creosote also operated at the site. Site operators used a trench, a landfill and several pits on site to dispose of wastes generated from operations. A lime pond received boiler cooling water. Waste handling practices resulted in ground water and soil contamination.
EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1984. A ground water extraction system, constructed in 1994, has contained ground water contamination to the site area. The system extracts contaminated ground water and sends it to the local wastewater treatment plant. The site’s potentially responsible party (PRP) has completed cleanup activities under EPA and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) oversight.
In 1997, the PRP addressed four on-site areas of soil contamination by removing and treating the soil. The PRP also addressed contamination in a fifth area by solidifying the contaminated material and placing a soil cover over the solidified material. In 1999, the PRP completed cleanup on the wood treatment and storage area of the site. Cleanup included placement of a permeable cover over the area. A soil vapor treatment system operated at the site until 2005. Fencing surrounds the site.
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Ground water monitoring and chemical production operations are ongoing. Construction of a solar energy generation facility over the remedy covers on the southern 45 acres of the site is underway and expects to be completed in 2014.
- Second five-year review (PDF) (pp, 230K) June 2005
- First five-year review (PDF) (pp, 106K) April 2000