EPA to remove 5,500 tons of battery waste from former battery store

The US Environmental Protection Agency says around 5,500 tons of waste will have to be removed from the site of the former Indiana Battery Company in Indianapolis, the capital city of the US state of Indiana.

Clean-up work began on April 11 at the 1.4-acre site, where the battery store closed its doors more than 10 years ago after beginning operations in 1962.

The EPA says a local resident complained that ‘truckloads’ of batteries had been buried at the site.

“EPA does not have the amount of new batteries sold or old batteries collected for recycling by the Indiana Battery Company,” said an EPA official. “EPA conducted visual inspections, soil sampling and laboratory analysis and documented battery wastes were present at the ground surface and buried over an area of approximately 1.4 acres.

“EPA has not estimated the total tonnage of wastes at the site, but EPA clean-up involves the removal of approximately 5,500 tons of waste for proper offsite disposal, and the placement of a clean fill cover for any wastes left in place.

“EPA has only encountered lead acid battery wastes at this time. No other waste battery types are anticipated.”

The Indiana Battery Company no longer operates.