What is the Future of V.I.M Recycling?

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

Yelling. Shouting. Clapping.

You could feel the emotions run through the room as each resident asked a question or voiced a concern.

There to answer those questions or hear those concerns were representatives for local politicians, Indiana Department of Labor, a state fire marshal, INDEM and someone representing the plant's owner.

Here are some of the things the residents and the officials had to say:

"Who among you who is from the government, has the ability or the power to shut these people down?" asked Matt Heffner, whose parents live near the plant.

"The ability to close a business is very complex in the state of Indiana and usually is shared by different agencies that have oversight responsibility," explained Michael Aylesworth, of IDEM.

"The best we can do if there are egregious violations is to drop the hammer with significant fines," offers Jeffry Carter, from the Indiana Department of Labor.

"My home had over $25,000 worth of damage done because I got the blunt force of his smoke. Now, is Mr. Ken Wells (the plant's owner) going to pay for my mortgage that I've missed for a month?" asked James Trosper, whose home lies next to the plant. "My insurance company says that my rates get to go up because of the fact of something that I had nothing personally to do."

Here's the answer from Tom Holt, representing V.I.M Recycling:

"It's my understanding that the insurance company will be taking care of these incidences individually with your insurance company," Holt says.

"He sent someone here to try to work out an amicable way that we can all co-exist."

Many of the residents say they want to co-exist, too.

But first, they want answers.


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