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American Lead

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  • Indianapolis, IN (Marion County)
  • EPA ID# IND980606404
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator

Adrian Palomeque (Palomeque.adrian@epa.gov)
312-353-2035 or 800-621-8431, ext. 32035

Ruth Muhtsun (muhtsun.ruth@epa.gov)
312-886-6595 or 800-621-8431, ext. 6595

On-Scene Coordinator
Shelly Lam


Mark Johnson
312-353-3436 or 800-621-8431, ext. 33436

Marion County Health Department
Karla Johnson


(where to view written records)

Spades Park Branch Library
1801 Nowland Ave,
Indianapolis, IN 46201


The American Lead Site is an area surrounding the former American Lead Facility, located at 2102 Hillside Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana, 46218. American Lead was used for industrial purposes dating back to at least the late 1800s. Historical records show that  between 1898 and 1915 the Lyons-Atlas Company operated a steam, gasoline, and diesel engine manufacturer on this property. National Lead Industries conducted secondary lead smelting operations at the property from 1946 to 1965.

The Site is located in the central part of Indianapolis in the historic Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. The Study Area is roughly defined as 25th Street to the north, Ralston Avenue to the northeast, along the railroad to Interstate 70 (I-70) with 1-70 forming the southern border, and the Monon Trail to the west. The boundaries were determined by sampling conducted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) in 2015. The area includes a mixture of industrial, commercial, residential properties, including single-family homes, vacant lots, community centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, and schools.

IDEM and EPA have investigated the Site since 1986.  Between 2005 and 2007, the Potentially Responsible Party (PRP), under EPA oversight, removed lead-contaminated soils from 224 residential properties. In 2015, IDEM conducted an Expanded Site Investigation under the Hazard Ranking System (HRS) to determine the site’s eligibility for the National Priorities List (NPL).  However, the Site did not score high enough to propose it for the NPL.

On August 4, 2016, EPA approved an Action Memorandum to conduct a time-critical removal action.  This action, beginning in September 2016, will consist of excavating and removing of lead-contaminated soil at residential properties, backfilling excavated areas to original grade with clean topsoil, and restoring landscaping.

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August 2016

In September 2016, EPA will start digging up and disposing of  lead-contaminated soil in approximately 100 residential yards near the former American Lead facility.  These excavated yards will be backfilled with clean soil.  The locations where lead samples were taken can be seen in the Soils Lead Results Map from the 2016 EPA Assessment. The map also shows the areas where lead levels above the Remedial Management Level (RML) for residential soils of 400 ppm were discovered.

Public Participation

On Thursday,  September 8 from 6 to 8 pm EPA will hold a public at the Oasis of Hope Baptist Church on 1701 E 25th St. in Indianapolis. The meeting will inform local residents about cleanup activities that are scheduled to begin at the end of September in residential yards near the former American Lead smelter.

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