Inventory

BASF Collection
Dates:  1988-1990
Accession Number:   20040908
Donors:  BASF Corporation, Citizens for a Clean County
                  Majority of One, VCPL Reference Dept.
Description:  Three document cases, 2 flat storage boxes



History

In March 1988, the BASF Corporation announced that Terre Haute was one of three Midwest communities under consideration for the construction of an automotive paint manufacturing plant. The prospective plant would be located in the Vigo County Industrial Park in the southern part of Vigo County. 

In September 1988, BASF announced that they also planned to build an incinerator to dispose of the hazardous waste from the automotive paint manufacturing plant.   Several groups opposed the incinerator, including the Majority of One group, Citizens for a Clean County, and The Environmental Rights Coalition (TERC).  In April 1990, TERC brought suit in federal court arguing that the original sale of the Industrial Park land was illegal.  TERC argued that when the U.S. General Services Administration originally sold the land to Vigo County, the GSA was in violation of federal environmental regulations because it had not completed an environmental impact statement.

In September 1990 BASF abandoned its plans to build the paint plant and incinerator after the judge assigned to the case agreed to hear TERC's request for a preliminary injunction against Vigo County's selling the land to BASF. 

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection consists of materials received by the Vigo County Public Library's Reference Department from BASF, Citizens for a Clean County and Majority of One during the debate over the plant. These materials include BASF publications, magazine and newspaper articles, federal and state government reports, advertisements, general letters to Vigo County citizens, and newsletters.

The Majority of One group organized their materials into 54 exhibits.  A small number of these items were missing when this inventory was written. The collection also includes an extensive number of newspaper clippings about the controversy originally assembled by the VCPL's Reference Department for its Community Affairs Files.

Document Case 1

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Vigo County Industrial Park Study

June 1987

 

 

 

Folder 2

Hazardous Waste Incineration: Questions and Answers (EPA publication)

n.d.

 

 

 

 

The Line on Hazardous Waste (Federal Reserve bank of Boston publication)

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 3

BASF Corporation Proposed Midwest Facility for Terre Haute

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Letter to Vigo County residents from BASF describing benefits of a new plant

Nov. 18, 1988

 

 

 

 

Facts and Figures (pamphlet)

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 4

BASF - Annual Report

1987

 

 

 

 

"Flavors and Fragrances of the Future . . . Today" (BASF publication)

n.d.

 

 

 

 

"A Company at Work" (BASF publication)

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 5

Anti-BASF general materials

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 6

Citizens for a Clean County - Facts About Hazardous Waste Incinerators



 

 

 

 

 

Newsletters

1989-1990

 

 

 

 

Letters to Vigo County residents

Nov. 8, 1988
Oct. 11, 1989

 

 

 

Folder 7

Citizens for a Clean County vs.
  Vigo County Redevelopment
  Commission, Board of Commissioners
  of Vigo County, and Vigo County
  (lawsuit)

 

June 30, 1989

 

 

 

Folder 8

Majority of One -
  "Getting Involved in the Permitting
     Process"


n.d.

 

 

 

 

  Anti-BASF advertisement

Aug. 29, 1989

 

 

 

 

  "Statement Concerned with Analysis
  of Waste Streams from Information in
  the BASF Chemical Materials List"

Sept. 11, 1989

 

 

 

 

  "Opening the Doors to Indiana Govern-
  ment - A Guide to the Open Door
  Law"

Sept. 1989

 

 

 

 

  BASF Bid on Land

  BASF Bid on Land - Amended

 

 

 

 

 

  "Governor Bayh Orders Crackdown
  on Garbage Haulers"  (press release
  announcing an executive order)

 

 

 

 

Folder 9

Majority of One - News clippings

Oct. 1989-
May 1990

 

 

 

Majority of One: Exhibits 1-52 (in Document Cases 1 and 2; some were missing when collection was processed)

 

 

 

Folder 10

Exhibit 1:  "Indiana Groundwater Quality"
  Ground Water Section, Indiana Dept.
  of Environmental Management

Spring 1988

 

 

 

Folder 11

Exhibit 2:  "Assessment of Nonpoint
  Source Pollution of Ground Water in
  Indiana", Ground Water Section,
  Indiana Dept. of Environmental
  Management

July 1988

 

 

 

Folder 12

Exhibit 3:  "Inventory of Potential Sole
  Source Aquifers in Indiana",
 Ground Water Section, Indiana Dept. of
  Environmental Management

Feb. 1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 4:  "The Protection of Indiana's
  Ground Water:  Annual Status Report
  on Implementation of the Indiana
  Ground Water Protection and Manage-
  ment Strategy"

July 1988

 

 

 

Folder 13

Exhibit 5:  "Louisiana State University
  Report for Air Monitoring in the Area
  of St. Gabriel, Louisiana", Institute
  for Environmental Studies, LSU

Aug. 4, 1984

 

 

 

Folder 14

Exhibit 6:  "The Protection of Indiana's
  Ground Water - Strategy and Imple-
  mentation Plan"

Aug. 1986

 

 

 

Folder 15

Exhibit 7:  "Sand and Steel:  The Dilemma
  of Cohabitation in the Calumet Region",
  Indiana University, Northwest

1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 2

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Exhibit 8:  "Incineration:  The Burning
  Issue of the Eighties", Citizens
  Clearinghouse for Hazardous
  Waste, Inc.

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 2

Exhibit 9:  "Analysis of PIC and Total
  Mass Emissions from an Incinerator",
  Midwest Research Institute and EPA

1986

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 10:  "Incineration of Hazardous
  Waste: A Critical Review",
  E. Timothy Oppelt, Hazardous Waste
  Engineering Research Laboratory, EPA

May 1987

 

 

 

Folder 3

Exhibit 11:  "EPA's Risk Assessment
  Methodology for Municipal Incinerator
  Emissions:  Key Findings and Conclu-
  sions", Science Advisory Board, EPA

April 1987

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 12:  "Impact of Incineration on
  New Jersey Food Crops and Resulting
  Health Risks", Indiana Public Interest
  Research Group

Feb. 1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 13:  "Toxic Chemicals:  What
  They Are, How they Affect You", EPA

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 4

Exhibit 14:  "Plants that Incinerate
  Poisonous Waste Run into a Host of
  Problems", Wall Street Journal

Aug. 26, 1985

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 15:  "Waste Plant of Rollins
  Environmental is Closed by Louisiana
  after Inspection", Wall Street Journal

Aug. 7, 1985

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 16:  Newsclippings from Evansville
  Press and Evansville Courier

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 17:  Industrial Waste Control
  Facilities section, Indiana Code of
  Taxation

 

 

 

 

Folder 5

Exhibit 18:  "BASF Produces, Transports
  and Disposes of Toxic Chemicals in
  Hundreds of Communities"

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 6

Exhibit 19: BASF presentation  to the
  Terre Haute Alliance for Growth and
  Progress (transcript of remarks)

Aug. 10, 1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 20:  BASF's description of its new
  Midwest automobile coatings plant

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 21:  BASF''s invitation to an
  informational meeting

Sept. 20, 1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 22:  "Research Innovation:  BASF's
  Contributions to Environmental
  Protection (BASF booklet)

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 23:  "A Company at Work"
  (photocopy of the BASF publication;
     original publication is in Doc. Case 1
     Folder 4)

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 24:  Water-based paints, selected
  pages from the Academic American
  Encyclopedia, Grolier Publishing

1982

 

 

 

Folder 7

Exhibit 25:  "Earthquake Alley",
  The Courier Journal Magazine

Sept. 20, 1987

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 26:  "An Earth-Shaking Question",
  Outdoors Indiana

July/Aug. 1987

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 27:  "Earthquake Zone"
  Terre Haute Spectator

April 9, 1977

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 28:  "Midwestern Quake",
  Bloomington (IN) Herald Times

Aug. 10, 1986

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 29:  BASF letter to neighboring 
  property owners

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 30:  BASF letter to neighboring 
  property owners

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 31:  Indiana Dept. of Environmen-
  tal Management Fact Sheet on the
  Permit Application Process

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 32:  List of articles from the
  St. Louis Post-Dispatch concerning
  the presence of anthrax on county
  Industrial Park land

1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 33:  Map of proposed site in
  relation to Terre Haute
  (appeared to be missing when collection
   was processed but might be part of
  Exhibit 34)

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 34: 
  a) Vigo County map

  b)  "Surficial Geologic Map of Vigo
          County"

  c)  Map showing unconsolidated rock
          aquifers in Vigo County
  d)  Shelburn Formation in Vigo County

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 35:  "The Big Haul in Toxic
  Waste", Newsweek

Oct. 3, 1988

 

 

 

Folder 8

Exhibit 36:  Chemquery Preliminary
  Report (of a group of Evansville-based  
  doctors who studied health problems
  associated with BASF's proposal for
  their community)

Aug. 11, 1988

 

 

 

Folder 9

Exhibit 37:  "Hydrogeology of the Principal
  Aquifers in Vigo and Clay Counties,
  Indiana", Bulletin 34 of the Geologic
  Survey of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior
  in cooperation with the Indiana Dept.
  of Natural Resources.

1971

 

 

 

Folder 10

Exhibit 38:  "Environmental Geology of
  Vigo County, Indiana.  An Aid to
  Planning."  Special Report 31 of the
  Geologic Survey of the U.S. Dept. of the
  Interior in cooperation with the Indiana
  Dept. of Natural Resources.

March 31, 1983

 

 

 

Folder 11

Exhibit 39:  "Vigo County Industrial Park,
  Terre Haute, Indiana".  Prepared for
  the Vigo County Commissioners by
  the Alliance for Growth and Progress.

1986

 

 

 

Folder 12

Exhibit 40:  Testimony of Hoosier
  Environmental Council Executive
  Director at a public hearing

Dec. 29, 1988

 

 

 

Folder 13

Exhibit 41:  "Comments on the Municipal
  Solid Waste Problem", Barry Commoner,
  Center for Biology of Natural Systems

Jan. 1987

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 42:  "Report on the Incineration of
  Liquid Hazardous Wastes",
  Environmental Effects, Transport and
  Fate Committee, Science Advisory Board,
  EPA 

April 1985

 

 

 

Folder 14

Exhibit 43:  "Ensco's El Dorado, Arkansas
  Toxic Waste Incinerator"

n. d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 44:  Advertisement of the Majority
  of One group in the T. H. Tribune Star

Nov. 7, 1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 45:  Book review on The Crime
  and Punishment of I. G. Farben

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 46:  "The Global Poison Trade",
  Newsweek.

Nov. 7, 1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 47:  Prevailing Surface Winds chart

1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 48:  Transcript of speech given by
  Dr. Paul Connett at South Vigo High
  School (missing when collection was
  processed)

Dec. 10, 1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 49:  Speech given by Hugh 
  Kaufman at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High

Nov. 12, 1988

 

 

 

Folder 15

Exhibit 50:  "Small California Recycler
  is Profiting from Environmental 'Rage
  of the Age", Wall Street Journal

Nov. 9, 1988

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 51:  "Stepping Lightly on the Earth:
  Everyone's Guide to Toxics in the Home"

  Greenpeace Toxics Division Factsheet

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 52:  "Rare diseases on the Rise
  in El Dorado, Arkansas".  Articles from
  the Arkansas Democrat and the
  El Dorado News-Times

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 53:  Vigo County Industrial Park
  Study

1987

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 54:  "Is Breathing Hazardous to
  Your Health?"  Newsweek.

April 3, 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 3

 

 

 

Folder 1

News clippings

March 1988-
Oct. 1988

 

 

 

Folder 2

News clippings

Oct. 1988-
Dec. 1988

 

 

 

Folder 3

News clippings

Dec. 1988

 

 

 

Folder 4

News clippings

Dec. 1988-
Feb. 1989

 

 

 

Folder 5

News clippings

Feb. 1989-
May 1989

 

 

 

Folder 6

News clippings

June 1989-
July 1989

 

 

 

Folder 7

News clippings

July 1989-
Sept. 1989

 

 

 

Folder 8

News clippings

Sept. 1989-
Oct. 1989

 

 

 

Folder 9

News clippings

Oct. 1989-
Sept. 1990;

undated

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flat Storage Box 1

 

 

 

 

 

BASF Chemical Materials List
  Volumes 1 and 2

n.d.

Flat Storage Box 2

 

 

 

 

 

The Beautiful Palatinate (book translated
  in German, French and English)

1987

 

 

 

 

Window:  Terre Haute's Guide to Features,
  Arts Opinions and More
(newspaper
  presenting several articles about both sides of the BASF controversy)

Dec. 1988