New use hoped for polluted area parts plant

Officials say the pollution cleanup at a former automobile parts factory in central Indiana is expected to leave the site ready for redevelopment.

The site in Noblesville has gone unused since Bridgestone Firestone closed its 300-worker air-spring manufacturing plant in 2009 and moved production to Mexico.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project manager Michelle Kaysen told The Indianapolis Star that removal of PCBs and other pollutants at the site at 1700 Division Street could be finished in a couple of years, but housing won't be allowed there.

She said some 7,700 barrels of hazardous waste will remain buried on 17 acres of the 70-acre property. Industrial and commercial uses will be allowed on the land that doesn't contain the barrels..

Bridgestone America says it hasn't been approached yet by any developers.

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