Boone County —
Petroleum contamination beneath the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds and an abandoned gas station nearby will be removed in an effort expected to take five years.
Most of the contamination is concentrated under the former Sunoco station, 2065 Indianapolis Avenue, according to studies done by ACT Associates Inc.
A plume of benzene and other by-produces that leaked from the station’s underground storage tanks extends as far as a sidewalk and parking lot north of the Indiana Farm Bureau Community Building. The plume, which comes as close as four feet to the surface, covers about four-tenths of an acre.
Morgan Saltsgiver of ACT told County Attorney Bob Clutter in a letter that the company will begin pumping contaminated water, and chemical vapors, out of the soil, he said Tuesday.
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