Toxic Homes - 13 Investigates

13 Investigates

3,000 Toxic Homes

An Eyewitness News investigation reveals thousands of Indiana drug houses have not been quarantined and cleaned – as required by law – because local health departments and state agencies are failing to enforce regulations meant to keep Hoosiers safe. As a result, unsuspecting families across Indiana are now living in toxic homes that are supposed to be sitting empty. The governor has called on state agencies to fix the widespread problems exposed by WTHR, and local and state officials say they are now scrambling to find solutions. But behind the scenes, 13 Investigates has discovered finger-pointing, continued inaction and a deeply flawed system that continue to put Hoosiers at risk of serious health problems.

Inspector General sends alert to EPA: Correct outdated risk information for toxic Franklin site

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The Office of the Inspector General has issued a "Management Alert" to the EPA office handling risk communication involving toxins in Franklin.Read more

New Report: Areas of toxic exposures likely overlooked in Franklin by EPA

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A new sampling report released Wednesday says the Environmental Protection Agency likely missed more homes exposed to toxic vapors in Franklin.Read more

Senator Donnelly calls on governor to push for EPA takeover in Franklin

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Senator Joe Donnelly and moms from Johnson County want the EPA to take over the investigation and cleanup of contamination in Franklin.Read more


Evidence of hazardous toxins discovered at former Franklin plant; Former worker breaks silence

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management confirms the discovery of toxic contamination in the soil and groundwater at the Former Franklin Power Products site...Read more

“Shocking” investigation triggers shakeup for Indiana’s meth cleanup program

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State leaders have decided to make major changes to the state’s meth cleanup program in response to a WTHR investigation that showed unsuspecting families living in...Read more

Angry homeowners suing Indiana for allowing them to move into a meth house

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Police followed state law by quickly notifying county health officials about a meth lab found inside a home, but the county health department never sent a...Read more

Indiana families living in toxic homes due to enforcement breakdown

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Soon after Jenny and James Boggs moved in with their five young children, Jenny began getting terrible headaches. James and the kids developed serious breathing problems...Read more