Environmental enforcement stings three companies

Three metro-area companies have agreed to pay civil penalties totaling $67,000 for alleged environmental violations. Most of the penalty proceeds are to be used to remediate the former Crown Cleaners site at 2913 E. Washington St.

Duke Energy Corp., in an agreement with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, agreed to pay $42,000 stemming from a 2007 complaint of improper asbestos fireproofing removal and handling by subcontractor American Asbestos Inspectors during renovation at one of the utility’s buildings in Plainfield.

IDEM still has a pending administrative action against American Asbestos.

Meanwhile, Indianapolis-based Heritage Transport LLC agreed to an $18,000 civil penalty for discrepancies in hazardous waste disposal manifests since 2011. The incidents involved two deliveries bound for its Indianapolis transfer station. Heritage told the agency the discrepancies amounted to 0.002 percent of the 150,000 items managed through the local transfer station.

Also reached last month was a $7,000 civil penalty agreement with Maplehurst Bakeries involving unpermitted air emissions at its Brownsburg plant.

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