Clean Up Indiana’s Coal Ash Wasteland

Target: Cathy Stepp, Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator for Region 5

Goal: Prioritize cleaning up the dangerous amounts of fly ash hidden near Indiana processing plants.

Nearly 175,000 cubic yards of dangerous coal combustion waste was found near a decommissioned processing plant, endangering the surrounding community. People living around Tanners Creek in Indiana have been especially wary lately of contamination by fly ash. Fly ash is the waste product of combusted coal and is supposed to be interred at federally regulated landfills. In direct violation of environmental regulations, investigators have found large deposits of it right above local underground drinking water reserves. The coal production waste product can contaminate drinking water with toxic chemicals like arsenic, boron, and lead.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management investigators have carried out four inspections; two of these inspections revealed dangerous quantities of fly ash on a site owned by Tanner Creek’s Commercial Development Company. This property was once used by Gibbco, Inc. to process bottom ash, also known as boiler slag, into construction materials and shot blast grit. At least 17 acres of the impacted land is covered with an average of two feet of coal waste. The contaminant is both widespread and has deeply penetrated the soil as investigators found combustion waste as deep as 20 feet into the surrounding terrain.

Please sign this petition to demand that the Indiana EPA clean up the coal contaminated land in Tanners Creek.


Dear Ms. Stepp,

Indiana’s Tanners Creek area is severely polluted with a coal combustion byproduct known as fly ash. At properties originally used by Gibbco, now owned by Tanner Creek’s Commercial Development Company, nearly 175,000 cubic yards of dangerous fly ash have been found. Ordinarily the coal waste product is required to be disposed of in regulated landfills, but investigators allege that Gibbco did not follow environmental guidelines while using the property. Now there are huge amounts of fly ash dangerously close to Tanner Creek residents’ underground drinking water aquifers.

Fly ash can contaminate water with toxic chemicals like arsenic, boron, and lead. Agents from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management found that approximately 17 acres of land is covered in an average of two feet of combusted coal waste product. At some locations the fly ash can be found up to 20 feet below the surface of the soil. Gibbco may have endangered the lives of hundreds of people living in Indiana, but only if local organizations do not act fast. Please help categorize Tanners Creek as a high priority cleanup area and remove the toxic fly ash.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nenad Zivkovic

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