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EPA Names New Superfund Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding 10 new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites.

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This notice by the EPA is so "wrong" in so many ways. Why haven't we learned not to pollute our communities? Why can't we catch these contamination problems earlier - before communities are endangered? Why is the public having to pick up the tab for negligent businesses? Why aren't we focused on reducing chemical pollutants, mining hazards and landfills that are known to cause contamination of water supplies, soil, air and our bodies?

The immediate solution is for EPA to manage these cleanups. But the long term solutions are deeper than that. How do you as a citizen, and you as a green professional envision a better solution?

Identifying Hazardous Waste Sites

The National Priority List is a listing of priority sites that EPA investigates to determine if actions are needed to clean up the waste.

Superfund is the federal program that cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country – protecting the health of nearby communities and ecosystems from harmful contaminants.

In addition to the final sites added to the list, EPA is also proposing to add eight sites to the NPL.

Contaminants found at these sites may pose a wide range of health effects. The contaminants found include arsenic, benzene, chromium, copper, creosote, cyanide, dichloroethene (DCE), lead, mercury, perchloroethene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and selenium, among others.

To date, there are 1,279 sites on the NPL (including the 10 new sites added today). With the proposal of the eight new sites, there are 61 proposed sites awaiting final agency action. There are a total of 1,340 final and proposed sites.

With all Superfund sites, EPA tries to identify and locate the parties potentially responsible for the contamination to pay for the clean up. For the newly listed sites without viable potentially responsible parties, EPA will investigate the full extent of the contamination before starting significant cleanup at the site. Therefore, it may be several years before significant cleanup funding is required for these sites.

The 10 sites added to the Superfund National Priorities List

  • Salt Chuck Mine (Outer Ketchikan County, Alaska)
  • JJ Seifert Machine (Ruskin, Fla.)
  • Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp - Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • Chemetco (Madison County, Ill.)
  • Lake Calumet Cluster (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Gratiot County Golf Course (St. Louis, Mich.)
  • Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Navassa (Navassa, N.C.)
  • Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Black Butte Mine (Cottage Grove, Ore.)
  • Van Der Horst USA Corporation (Terrell, Texas)

The following eight sites have been proposed to the National Priorities List

  • Sanford Dry Cleaners (Sanford, Fla.)
  • St. Clair Shores Drain (St. Clair Shores, Mich.)
  • Vienna Wells (Vienna, Mo.)
  • ACM Smelter and Refinery (Cascade County, Mont.)
  • Wright Chemical Corporation (Riegelwood, N.C.)
  • Black River PCBs (Jefferson County, N.Y.)
  • Dewey Loeffel Landfill (Nassau, N.Y.)
  • Smokey Mountain Smelters (Knox County, Tenn.)

For Federal Register notices and supporting documents for these final and proposed sites:

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