Residents await settlement OK in recycling suit

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Northern Indiana residents who sued a wood-recycling plant over its dust emissions are awaiting a federal judge’s approval of a settlement calling for the plant to close down within five years.

The proposed settlement reached last month also calls for plant operator Soil Solutions Co. to remove all of the site’s wastes.

A federal judge in Hammond will consider final approval of the settlement on June 16.

The Elkhart plant grinds scrap wood into animal bedding and mulch, but neighbors have complained for years that its dust and other emissions threaten their health and keep them indoors.

Environmental attorney Kim Ferraro sued VIM Recycling on behalf of local residents in 2009, two years before the plant was sold to Soil Solutions.

About 1,800 residents have joined the class-action suit. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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