May 2008

New sites added to Superfund list, others proposed

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is adding 12 new hazardous waste sites which pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.

EPA is proposing to add six other sites to the list. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.

Contaminants found at these proposed sites include arsenic, barium, carbon tetrachloride, chromium, copper, dichloroethene, dioxins, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans, tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethane, trichloroethene (TCE), vinyl chloride and zinc.

With all Superfund sites, EPA tries to identify and locate the parties potentially responsible for the contamination. As a result, it may be several years before significant cleanup funding is required for these sites.

The following 12 sites have been added to the National Priorities List:

  • Lusher Street Ground Water Contamination, Elkhart, Indiana.
  • Plating Inc., Great Bend, Kansas.
  • Washington County Lead District – Old Mines, Old Mines, Missouri.
  • Washington County Lead District, Potosi, Missouri.
  • Washington County Lead District, Richwoods, Missouri.
  • Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek, Gibbsboro, New Jersey.
  • Chem-Fab, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
  • San German Ground Water Contamination, San German, Puerto Rico.
  • Donna Reservoir and Canal System, Donna, Texas.
  • Midessa Ground Water Plume, Odessa, Texas.
  • San Jacinto River Waste Pits, Harris County, Texas.
  • Hidden Lane Landfill, Sterling, Virginia.

The following six sites have been proposed to the National Priorities List:

  • Iron King Mine – Humboldt Smelter Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.
  • Nelson Tunnel/Commodore Waste Rock, Creede, Colorado.
  • Flash Cleaners, Pompano Beach, Florida.
  • Aberdeen Contaminated Ground Water, Aberdeen, North Carolina.
  • Attebury Grain Storage Facility, Happy, Texas.
  • Old Esco Manufacturing Greenville, Texas.