Clean up work by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to get underway this week on contaminated land that will be used as part of the Terre Haute sewage treatment plant.
Contractors will have to remove over 3,500 tons of lead contaminated soil over the next month.
Total cost will be close to $1 million.
Once cleaned up the area will be used for a floatable control structure that will capture floating debris that finds its way into the city’s combined storm water/sewer system. Officials say that there is also medical waste, likely from the former St. Anthony Hospital and thousands of old tires on the site that will have to be removed by the city.
As a side note, St Anthony’s Hospital was founded in 1880s with the financial support of Antonia Hulman.
It was staffed and operated by Franciscan nuns.
It was sold to Hospital Corporation of America who built Regional Hospital in 1979 on Terre Haute’s south side where it still stands today.