Until it closed in January 2015, the site was in varying stages of manufacturing and production for more than 125 years. There were documented releases of chemicals over the years, and General Electric investigated the nature and extent of those releases to ensure that there was no harm to workers at the facility or to the neighbors surrounding the facility. Prior to selling the facility, GE had been working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to investigate contamination of soil and groundwater.
As part of the property acquisition, RTM Ventures agreed to continue that investigation, and will enroll the facility in the IDEM’s Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP). The VRP allows the developer to investigate the contamination and develop a cleanup plan, all under strict IDEM supervision, to ensure that human health and the environment are not harmed. After the cleanup plan is implemented and completed to IDEM’s satisfaction, the owner receives a “no further action” status in the form of a Covenant Not-to-Sue from IDEM, indicating that no further impacts to human health or the environment are present at the site.