October 11, 2012

Contamination study starts today

Consultant to start work toward cleaning up contaminated properties

by Amie Sites

LOGANSPORT — Bruce Carter Associates will begin investigating possible Brownfield properties now that the company’s contract has been finalized, Community Development Director Chris Armstrong said at a board of works meeting Wednesday morning.

A coalition made up of Logansport, Rochester and Fulton County selected the firm after the three governmental entities were awarded a $686,500 federal grant in May from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pay for the study.

The Elkhart-based firm will begin investigating these sites today, said Joel Markland, the company’s director of project development.

Markland said two project managers would be in Logansport today.

“They will identify sites that are possible candidates and they will begin inventory work,” Markland said. “The city has a list for possible Brownfield properties, and the project managers will be adding and taking away properties on the list.”

The former Exide battery plant on Water Street and the former Trelleborg plant on General Street in Logansport have been cited as examples of properties that might be targeted.

Markland said the consultants would gather data and check back with the city in a week or two to review their findings.