An underground storage tank at the Ameritech Switching Office in Indiana has leaked petroleum.
Ameritech discovered the leak when it removed the tank. The extent of it is still unknown, but it could affect soil and ground water. The investigation is in its early stages, and investigators are uncertain of the cause or the extent of the spill.
The extent and concentration of the contamination will be determined by the company and a consultant. The tests will look to gauge the breadth of the spread and the concentration of the leak.
The consultant will conduct the clean-up, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will oversee the process.
Amy Hartsock, public information officer for IDEM, says: 'In most cases, there is no effect. It will depend on if the impact has gone off site. In those cases, investigators may need to come on property for samples and clean up, but I don't think there's any concern at this time.'
Under the new process of alerting local residents, the property owner must notify IDEM when a leak is discovered. IDEM consequently notifies the appropriate county health department, and the health department is in charge of releasing a public notification.