On September 20, 2011, the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) responded to an abandoned building complaint from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) following several trespassing incidents. Prior to entering the building, MCPHD observed numerous drums outside the facility, which was a former plating shop. MCPHD requested assistance from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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EPA On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) Shelly Lam responded to the former Advance Plating Works on September 20th. EPA documented numerous drums and plating vats outside; drums and vats inside the former plating shop; and drums and totes inside a warehouse building. OSC Lam also documented that the Site was open and trespassing and metal scrapping had occured.
Many drums were unlabled. However, labled drums included hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, potassium cyanide, oxidizing, and flammable materials.
EPA initiated emergency response actions on September 20th that included staging drums and other containers in the warehouse building and securing the Site.