DEARBORN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Some residents in Dearborn County are worried about their drinking water supply. They say a retired power plant is illegally dumping contaminants by the Ohio River, which could jeopardize the underground system.
Matt Miles, a certified chemist, says if something isn't done soon half of Dearborn County's residents will be impacted.
"We will have to wait for redevelopment and drink bottled water out of vans like in Flint, Michigan," he says.
The power plant is in the process of being demolished and is owned by Tanners Creek Development LLC. Miles says the debris is being illegally dumped by the company. FOX19 tried reaching out Commercial Development Company Inc (CDC) an affiliate of Tanners Creek for comment and is waiting to hear back.
"Tanners Creek LLC is one of their subsidiaries. Everywhere they go they install a new LLC so their history doesn't follow them," said Miles.
The property where the plant used to stand is in the process of being purchased by the Ports of Indiana. According to CDC's website that sale is expected to be complete in December. FOX19 also left a voicemail for them.
FOX19 reached out to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for comment. We were told they are monitoring the situation closely. A spokesperson said further details are expected to be available later this week.
Miles is also a former Army water purification specialist. He says the responsibility should lie on the shoulders of local government officials, not the state. He wants the Southeastern Indiana Regional Port Authority (SIRPA) to step up. SIRPA is comprised of 12 area mayors and city officials from places like Lawrenceburg and Aurora.
"If our local government won't act in our best interest we will have to file suit and basically force their hand," said Miles.
FOX19 reached out to SIRPA for comment and received the following statement from their attorney:
"It's not about whether it's there yet. It's about stopping it from getting there," said Miles.