U.S. EPA REGION 5
Congressional District # 19
CIRCLE SMELTING CORP.EPA ID# ILD050231976
Last Updated: January, 2012
Site DescriptionThe Circle Smelting Superfund Site is located on a 28-acre parcel of land situated along Old Illinois State Highway 50 in the northeast corner of the Village of Beckemeyer, Clinton County, Illinois. The site was originally constructed as a primary zinc smelter about 1904 and was later converted into a secondary zinc smelter around 1920. The site also includes areas in the Village of Beckemeyer, where cinders from the smelter were deposited.
The smelter property was previously operated by Circle Smelting Corporation. Federated Metals Corporation, a division of Asarco is a past owner and operator of the property. The property is presently owned by Asarco.
During the smelter's operation, waste materials, such as slag, cinders and debris which can have high lead concentrations, were disposed throughout the site. Cinders from the smelter were also used in certain areas within the Village of Beckemeyer as a surface material for walking paths, driveways, and alleys.
Asarco has entered into an agreement with U.S. EPA to clean up the site and the residential areas. Under the agreement, Asarco is required to investigate the nature and extent of the cinders from the former smelter and to remove materials that exceed U.S. EPA's cleanup standards. The former smelter property will be cleaned up for commercial use.
Threats and Contaminants.
Cleanup ProgressCleanup of the site began in Fall 1998. The focus of the work has been to clean a work area and several buildings in the central portion of the property so that these areas can be put into productive use while the remaining cleanup activities progress. The current cleanup activities will continue through the summer months. Future cleanup work at the site will include demolishing the remaining buildings, consolidating materials in a capped repository to be located on the eastern portion of the property, and paving the site.
ContactsRemedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
demaree collier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
AliasesCIRCLE SMELTING CORP
CIRCLE SMELTING CORPORATION