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Eagle Zinc Superfund Site

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Teresa Jones (jones.teresa@epa.gov)
312-886-0725 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60725

Remedial Project Manager
Timothy Drexler


Hillsboro Public Library
214 School St.
Hillsboro, IL


The Eagle Zinc site is located in the city and township of Hillsboro, Illinois, Montgomery County. The 132-acre site is located in a commercial /industrial/residential area in northeast Hillsboro. The site extends from Smith road to the north of Middle Fork of Shoal Creek on the south. The site operated as a zinc smelter from 1912 to 2003. Other site operations included the production of sulfuric acid and zinc oxide.

Leftover material and contaminants from the manufacturing operations are concentrated in 15 piles, which are mainly located in the central and southern portions of the site. A large pond that formerly provided water for site operations is located in the southwest corner of the site. Buildings formerly used for manufacturing operation currently occupy 20 percent of the site. The site is currently zoned industrial by the city of Hillsboro and legal restrictions on the property limit future site use to industrial use. Local authorities have expressed interest in redeveloping the site.

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Site Updates

April 2015


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Photo gallery of site activities - click on image to view.

All buildings have been demolished, except for the foundation of Building E and Building G, which is being used to store equipment (see aerial photo below). Workers are sorting through decontaminated material, metal and stockpiling brick. Samples of brick have been taken to the lab for further analysis. Other debris is being stockpiled to be carried off-site for disposal.

Annotated aerial photo shows demolition progress at the site as of Apr. 10, 2015 (PDF)(1 pg, 453K)
Annotated aerial photo shows demolition progress at the site for Bldg. D as of Apr. 10, 2015 (PDF)(1 pg, 295K)

Some materials, such as zinc oxide and brick, are being recycled for sale and reuse. Trucks will haul scrap steel for recycling.

Deconstruction schedule:

  1. Asbestos removal
  2. Off-site disposal/recycling of steel
  3. Building demolition
    1. Building E foundation
    2. Remaining rail lines and ties
    3. Decontamination of equipment and debris
    4. Continued sampling of waste streams
  4. Sale of zinc oxide

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