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IDEM Emergency Response. 888-233-7745 Agenda. Indiana Spill Rule Remedial Response Referrals Spill Assessment Available for Assistance . Indiana Spill Rule. Highpoints. Applicability Definitions Reportable Facility Spills Reportable Transportation Spills

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IDEM Emergency Response



  • Indiana Spill Rule

  • Remedial Response Referrals

  • Spill Assessment

  • Available for Assistance

Indiana Spill Rule




Reportable Facility Spills

Reportable Transportation Spills

Responsibilities of Spiller




Hazardous Substances

Extremely Hazardous Substances


Objectionable Substances


For Spills of

Rule applies to

Definition of ‘Objectionable Substance’

  • Means substances that are of a quantity, and a type, and are present for a duration and in a location so as to damage waters of the state.

Definition of ‘Damage’

  • Means the actual or imminent alteration of the waters of the state so as to render the waters harmful, detrimental, or injurious.

Definition of ‘Waters’

  • Means the accumulations of water, surface and underground, natural and artificial, public and private.

  • The term does not include any private pond or any off-stream pond, reservoir, or facility built for reduction or control of pollution or cooling of water unless the discharge threatens to cause water pollution.

Definition of ‘Spill’

  • Means any unexpected, unintended, abnormal, or unapproved dumping, leakage, drainage, seepage, discharge or other loss of petroleum, HS, EHS, or objectionable substance.

Definition of ‘Contain’

  • Means to take such immediate action as necessary to dam, block, restrain, or otherwise act to most effectively prevent a spill from entering waters of the state or minimize damage to waters of the state from a spill.

Definition of ‘Spill Response’

  • Means the spill is

    • 1. contained, and

    • 2. free material is removed or neutralized.

Reportable Spills - Facility

  • Damage water + death, injury, illness to humans, animals

  • Soil spills + Wellhead Protection Areas

  • Damage water + private wells, special waters

  • Most other applications*

  • No spill response was performed

Reportable Spills - Facility*Most other applications

  • Surface Water RQs

  • Offsite Soil RQs

  • Onsite Soil RQs

Reportable Spills - Transportation

  • Damage waters + death, injury, illness to humans, animals

  • Spills that damage surface waters

  • Soil RQs

  • No spill response was performed

Responsibilities of Spiller

  • Any person who operates, controls, or maintains any mode of transportation or facility from which a spill occurs shall, upon discovery of a reportable spill to the soil or surface waters of the state, do the following:

Responsibilities, cont’d

  • CONTAIN from waters of state

  • Spill Response - remove spilled materials

  • REPORT to IDEM Spill Line

  • Submit written report (when asked)

  • NOTIFY offsite land owners, water users

Remedial Response Referrals

Spill Hand-offs to

IDEM Remediation Branch

Emergency is over,Refer when response actions:

  • Threatens existing structures

  • Destroys sensitive environment, not save it

  • Threatens public and responder safety

  • Has no technological solution

  • Has no short term solution

  • As IDEM sees appropriate

Spill case flow

Spill Impact Assessment

Spills to Water

  • Water dynamics

    • Flowing waters vs. standing

    • Observations: discoloration, chemical odors, etc

  • Spill dynamics - Discharging vs. contained

  • Condition of Flora, Fauna

    • Live

    • Stressed, damaged

    • Dead

Spills to Soil

  • Native sandy/gravelly soils

  • Back-filled areas, loose sandy/gravelly

  • Underground structures

    • water wells

    • utilities, pipelines

    • septic systems, dry-wells, etc.

  • Call before you dig: 800-382-5544

Spills into Sewers

  • Storm sewers, field tiles

    • Storm water grates, manhole lids, tile risers

    • Catchment basins - recovery point

    • Surface discharge points - recovery point

  • Sanitary sewers

    • Notify Waste Water Treatment Plant ASAP

  • Combined sewers

    • All the above

Safety FirstDo not endanger yourself during spill investigation activities!

  • No tasting spills to identify unknowns.

  • No inhaling gases to identify unknowns.

  • No touching materials to identify unknowns.

  • No going into hazardous atmospheres.

  • No reservations calling for assistance.

  • No forgetting safety comes first.


Available for Assistance

Call us for:

  • Reportable spills

  • Abandoned drums

  • Wastewater emergencies

  • Fire water runoff emergencies

  • Technical assistance

  • For all environmental emergencies

Fifty-eight pales of paint waste, partially hidden under duck weed.

Greencastle - Full chlorine tankers led to evacuation of 3,500 residents

Ohio River - 25K gallons of fuel spilled when barge ran aground.

Logansport - After BLEVE of Toluene Di-Isocyanate rail car.

Crawfordsville - Cafeteria condiments in Big Walnut Creek

Laurel, IN

On banks of Whitewater River

Over application of animal waste and spills to surface water

Elkhart - Rail yard diesel fuel spill

Surface water petroleum containment

Surface water petroleum recovery

Evansville - Severe surface water petroleum impact

Madison County - partial tomato waste water treatment failure

Mayonnaise in surface water

Turf grass herbicide in surface water

Waste water lagoon effluent

Hog manure

Crude oil in surface pond

IDEM Emergency Response


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