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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

IDEM Emergency Response


  • Indiana Spill Rule
  • Remedial Response Referrals
  • Spill Assessment
  • Available for Assistance



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
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
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
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
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
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
Definition of ‘Spill Response’
  • Means the spill is
    • 1. contained, and
    • 2. free material is removed or neutralized.
reportable spills facility
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
Reportable Spills - Facility*Most other applications
  • Surface Water RQs
  • Offsite Soil RQs
  • Onsite Soil RQs
reportable spills transportation
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
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
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

Remedial Response Referrals

Spill Hand-offs to

IDEM Remediation Branch

emergency is over refer when response actions
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
spills to water
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
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
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 first do not endanger yourself during spill investigation activities
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.
idem er


Available for Assistance

call us for
Call us for:
  • Reportable spills
  • Abandoned drums
  • Wastewater emergencies
  • Fire water runoff emergencies
  • Technical assistance
  • For all environmental emergencies

Laurel, IN

On banks of Whitewater River

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