Dangerous Exposure - 13 Investigates

13 Investigates

Dangerous Exposure

13 Investigates discovered Indiana's environmental watchdog agency allowed contamination to spread into neighborhoods at the same time it protected responsible companies from lawsuits. For decades, contaminated sites were allowed to sit untouched.

Across the state, we found contaminated water wells, asbestos in the air and toxic chemicals inching toward a city's water supply, and local officials didn't know.

State leaders first avoided questions but ultimately admitted they lost track of some sites and did not properly manage others. Now, a new program is in place and cleanup is moving forward under more strict guidelines.

13 Investigates: Emails reveal problems and fears with state asbestos investigation

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13 Investigates has copies of correspondence showing what IDEM was hiding as contamination piled up in an Indiana neighborhood.Read more

State agency taken to court over emails about asbestos exposure

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13 Investigates reveals why some say this is the latest in a disturbing trend toward government secrecy in Indiana.Read more

State responds to dangerous exposures; new policies to prevent delays

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Indiana's watchdog for the environment is finally answering questions after 13 Investigates exposed contamination seeping into neighborhoods across the state.Read more


13 Investigates report 'Dangerous Exposure' gets results

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Some central Indiana homeowners had no idea a cancer-causing chemical was inching closer to their city's water supply. Not even the mayor knew cleanup efforts had...Read more

Dangerous Exposure: 13 Investigates reveals state program lets contamination spread

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Hundreds of companies tied to toxic sites have promised to clean it up, and in exchange the State protects them from lawsuits. But a WTHR investigation found major gaps...Read more