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Exide Corporation

Site Contact:
Lauren Hirschel
On-Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
303 Water Street
Logansport, IN 46947

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a removal assessment of the Former Exide Corporation site located at 303 Water Street, Logansport, Indiana. Exide Technologies operated the site as a lead-acid storage battery manufacturing facility for the automotive industry from about 1960 to approximately 1989, before fully shutting down in 2009. The former building was demolished in 2016 and has since been vacant. 

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) conducted preliminary testing of both on-site and off-site soils using XRF technology and discovered elevated levels of lead contamination. EPA will be sampling the surrounding residential yards and gardens along Aster Street and Water Street for potential lead contamination is soils. 

EPA will also be collecting soil gas samples downgradient of the Exide Corporation property along public right-of-ways to assess for any threat of vapor intrusion to nearby residents. Vapor intrusion occurs when there is a migration of vapor-forming chemicals from any subsurface source into an overlying building. Vapor-forming chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as trichloroethylene, present in the subsurface of the former facility could pose threats to indoor air quality via a vapor intrusion pathway.

If you are a property owner of a residence in the area west of the facility on Balsam or Aster Street,  or the area north of the facility up to Columbia Street, please consider signing the voluntary access agreement to give permission to collect soil samples on your property. This work is being done for your health and safety and will be at NO COST to you. Mail, email or fax the access agreement to:

Lauren Hirschel (hirschel.lauren@epa.gov)
77 W Jackson Blvd (SE-5J)
Chicago, Illinois 60604
fax: 312-980-8733

If you have any questions, you may contact Lauren Hirschel, the On-Scene Coordinator, at 312-480-7976. You can also contact Francisco Arcaute, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at 312-886-7613.