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EPA seeks to add Keystone property to Superfund list

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed adding three sites in Indiana—including one in Indianapolis—to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.

The EPA's Superfund National Priorities List lets policy makers and the public know which sites are deemed most in need of being cleaned up.

The Indianapolis property is known as the "Keystone Corridor Ground Water Contamination" site. The 2.2-acre area is the former site of a Tuchman Cleaners business that operated at 4401 N. Keystone Ave. from 1953 to 2008.

The city tore down the building last year, but the ground under and around it contains high levels of hazardous chemicals. More than 10,000 people live with a mile of the property and the Fall Creek well field is less than a quarter-mile away.

In addition to the Indianapolis site, the EPA proposed adding Beck's Lake, a former automotive and hazardous waste dump in South Bend where asbestos, oils and other wastes were dumped; and a groundwater site in Garden City, just south of Columbus.

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