EPA Adding Eight Sites to Superfund List
Half of the 18 sites EPA is adding or proposing to add were in operation within the past two decades. More than 850 Superfund sites nationwide have some type of actual or planned reuse under way, according to the agency.
EPA announced it is adding 10 hazardous waste sites and proposing to add eight more to the Superfund program's National Priorities List because the sites have contamination from manufacturing, mining, battery recycling, and dry cleaning activities. EPA adds sites to the list when mismanagement of contamination threatens public health and the environment and, typically, because states, tribes, or U.S. citizens ask for the agency's help, although EPA also finds contamination during its own investigations.
The agency pointed out that half of the 18 sites EPA is adding or proposing to add were in operation within the past two decades.
"The sites on the NPL pose the highest risk to the environment and public health," said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management. "By cleaning up these sites, not only are we benefitting the health of our people and our ecosystems, in many cases we are benefitting local economies. Many Superfund sites can be safely redeveloped, providing communities with new revenue streams."
These sites have been added to the list:
- Anaconda Aluminum Co. Columbia Falls Reduction Plant in Columbia Falls, Mont.
- Argonaut Mine in Jackson, Calif.
- Bonita Peak Mining District in San Juan County, Colo.
- Dorado Ground Water Contamination in Dorado, Puerto Rico
- Eldorado Chemical Co. Inc. in Live Oak, Texas
- North 25th St. Glass and Zinc in Clarksburg, W.Va.
- SBA Shipyard in Jennings, La.
- Valley Pike VOCs in Riverside, Ohio
- Wappinger Creek in Dutchess County, N.Y.
- West Vermont Drinking Water Contamination in Indianapolis, Ind.
These sites have been proposed for addition:
- Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington, Nev.
- The Battery Recycling Company in Bo. Cambalache, Puerto Rico
- Former Custom Cleaners in Memphis, Tenn.
- Highway 18 Ground Water in Kermit, Texas
- Microfab Inc (Former) in Amesbury, Mass.
- Old HWY 275 and N 288th Street in Valley, Neb.
- Post and Lumber Preserving Co. Inc. in Quincy, Fla.
- Sant-Gobain Performance Plastics in Village of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
More than 850 Superfund sites nationwide have some type of actual or planned reuse under way, according to the agency.