EPA begins cleanup of lead-tainted former battery store site in Indianapolis

A federal agency has begun removing lead- and arsenic-tainted soils from the former site of a battery retail store in Indianapolis.

Crews with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started the work Friday at the now-defunct Indiana Battery Co. site at 1302 S Bedford St. Workers plan to excavate the hazardous substances at the site and install a protective cover to prevent contaminated soil from entering a nearby stream.

The site on Indianapolis' southwest side was the location of a retail battery sales store from about 1962 until 2008.

A citizen who alerted the EPA about the site's contamination wrote in a complaint that "truckloads" of batteries had been buried there.

EPA investigators confirmed that lead-acid battery related wastes containing elevated lead and arsenic were used in fill buried at the site.

Cleanup is expected to take about 60 working days.

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