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Valpo Family Express will not close due to land decontamination

Updated: May 30, 2013 2:09PM



VALPARAISO — A small land decontamination this summer won’t close the Family Express on U.S. 30, near the Harley-Davidson dealership and north of the Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles branch.

But a 50 foot square of land will be torn up for six to eight weeks.

Some of the soil beneath the parking lot became tainted with gasoline in late February when there was “a very small separation in pipes,” said Todd Etzler, the attorney representing the Family Express chain.

The company fixed it immediately overnight, but the upper level of soil needs to be taken for decontamination.

“The ground water is not contaminated,” Etzler said.

Family Express said some storm runoff water is held in detention ponds at the site, which because of storms have had 54,000 gallons pumped out to avoid spreading contamination, Project Manager David Green said at Tuesday’s Valparaiso Site Review Committee.

Green, of Creek Run LLC environmental engineers, and Etzler asked city officials at the meeting for permission to put water filtered at the Family Express into the city’s sanitary sewer system.

Although Creek Run will have the dirt hauled away for cleaning somewhere else, the company will put water from the soil through carbon filters on site, Green said.

“The water coming out would be cleaner than what’s coming off the highway,” Etzler said.

Ed Pilarski of the city’s Water Reclamation Department said that Creek Run would have to file a letter of intent and a formal application detailing what will be done and for how long.

City Stormwater Engineer Adam McAlpine asked that Family Express and Creek Run alert neighbors before they start the work so the city won’t be fielding calls.



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