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Alcoa Oil Spill

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Don de Blasio (deblasio.don@epa.gov)
312-886-4360 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64360

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Shelly Lam


Recovery operations at the outfall pipe at Brady Lane

Boom at 18th St bridge.

On January 14, 2011, Alcoa reported a pipe failure and hose malfunction at its aluminum processing facility, 3131 Main St., Lafayette, Ind., caused the release of around 1,600 gallons of oily water that flowed through a storm sewer into Elliott Ditch. Elliott Ditch is a permanent stream that discharges into Wea Creek before flowing to the Wabash River.

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Emergency responders from EPA and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) provided oversight during Alcoa&'s cleanup. The company installed containment boom at two locations in Elliott Ditch, and vacuum trucks recovered all of the visible oil/water mixture. Alcoa plans to sample sediment (mud) and water in Elliott Ditch over the next year under IDEM&'s supervision. The residents of two homes near the ditch will use bottled drinking water provided by Alcoa as a precaution until sampling confirms all of the oil was recovered. Testing in 22 residential drinking water wells near the ditch detected no contamination, and air monitoring around the ditch and nearby residences after the spill confirmed no problems as well.

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