EPA Inspects Former Studebaker-Oliver Stamping Plant

The city of South Bend has big plans for the Studebaker Corridor; however, before it can move forward the Environmental Protection Agency will make sure the former stamping plant area is ready for redevelopment.

Several large tanks containing hazardous materials were pulled from the ground to make the 40 acre site safe for a potential light industrial park.

"The threat here is from the underground storage tanks with polychlorinated biphenols, or PCBs in them. There’s some large transformers located in vaults below the floor inside the building, and those also contain polychlorinated biphenols," said EPA on Scene Coordinator Ken Theisen.

Theisen further stressed the dangers of the hazardous substance cautioning that it can “burn you, it can kill you . . . it can do all kinds of things.”

The city said the proposed light industrial park could create as many as 1700 jobs over the next 15 years.

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