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Vigo brownfield cleanup planned

– Contractors preparing to clean up a former industrial site in western Indiana said it will take about six months to remove the brownfield’s tainted soil and haul it to a nearby landfill.

The cleanup of the 20-acre site where Terre Haute Coke and Carbon operated from 1926 until 1988 is expected to begin June 1 and cost $5.3 million.

The Tribune-Star reported that contractors will remove about 80,000 cubic yards of soil tainted with tar, arsenic, lead and other hazardous substances.

That soil will be disposed of at the Sycamore Ridge Landfill in southern Vigo County.

About $2.6 million of the project’s full cost will go toward disposal of the soil.

Contractor HIS Constructors Inc. told Terre Haute officials Thursday said site preparation is set to start in mid-May.

Between 1,800 and 2,000 tons of soil a day will be removed from the site as crews dig down to a depth of 10 feet on much of the site to remove the tainted soil, Geise said.

The city assumed ownership of the property on the city’s south side two years ago and officials hope it will become a commercial development area.

The site, which originally included 52 acres, was used as a coke and manufactured gas production facility from 1926 to 1988.