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Town of Pines, Indiana



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Welcome to Pines Update Online!


This website is maintained by Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and Brown Inc. (Brown) to keep the Pines community informed on activities in the Pines Area of Investigation.

The links at the left will bring you to pages that provide information about various aspects of the project. All of the Pines Update newsletters that have been mailed to the community are provided on the "Pines Update Newsletters" page.



EPA to Hold Public Meeting:

September 2015



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold an open house and public meeting to provide updates on the arsenic/soil cleanup and groundwater investigation.


EPA and other state and federal agency representatives will be available to meet with you one-on-one at the open house to answer your questions.  An evening meeting will follow where you can learn the status of the projects.  There will be time for questions at the end of the meeting.


Date:  Thursday September 17, 2015

Open House:  1 – 4 PM (Bayside Room)

Meeting:  6:30 – 9 PM (Shoreline/Dunescape Room)

Place:  Clairion Hotel, 5820 S. Franklin St., Michigan City


If you need further information or require special accommodations, contact Susan Pastor, EPA Community involvement coordinator, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, weekdays, by Monday September 14:


For more information visit:


February 2015 – Results from Recent Residential Soil Sampling

At the end of 2014, NIPSCO, under the authority of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and with the agency’s oversight, conducted extensive soil sampling on nine properties within the Town of Pines as part of the ongoing investigation work in the community. The nine sites were selected by EPA and the Town representatives to serve as a comparison with soil samples previously taken from sites throughout the community to assess the presence of coal combustion by-products (CCBs).  Agreements were reached with nine property owners to allow the sampling.

Results received from that soil sampling indicated that seven of the nine sampled properties have elevated levels of arsenic in the soils, likely stemming from the presence of CCBs generated in the 1970s.  NIPSCO has been in communication with each of the property owners about the results to discuss next steps.

For additional information about this sampling, please follow the link Residential Soil Sampling


Check back in the future for further updates on our progress