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Congressional District # 15


EPA ID# ILD042671248
Last Updated: May, 2015

Site Description

Indian Refinery is located in Lawrence County, southeast of the City of Lawrenceville, Illinois. The 990 acre former refinery includes the Main Processing Area (MPA), Indian Acres and Indian Acres North, six tank farms (A thru F), and the Land Treatment Unit (LTU).

The site was operated by various owners as a refinery from the early 1900s until 1995. In September 2011, ownership was transferred to Texaco Downstream Properties, Inc. Texaco is represented by Chevron Environmental Management Company (CEMC), which is performing the cleanup work.

U.S. EPA’s primary involvement at Indian Refinery was with oversight of two removal actions prior to the site being placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2000. After the site was put on the NPL, the cleanup has continued under Illinois EPA oversight. A Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Restoration Project is also underway and is being overseen by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Progress on NRDA activities at Indian Refinery can be tracked at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/LawrencevilleNRDA/

Indian Refinery was proposed for the NPL on July 28, 1998, and was placed on the NPL on December 1, 2000. Texaco and the State of Illinois entered into a consent decree dated December 13, 2000 and approved by the court October 1, 2001 for performing the RI/FS for the site.

Since September 2000, Illinois EPA has taken over lead oversight responsibilities for all activities ongoing at the site.

Site Responsibility

This site is being addressed through state and potentially responsible parties' action.

Threats and Contaminants

The former Indian Refinery contains large volumes of contaminants in groundwater and soil such as benzene, naphthalene, ethylbenzene, toluene, semi-volatile organic compounds and lead. The Indian Acres area contains approximately 225,000 cubic yards of soil and waste, about two-thirds of which is acidic tar sludge.

The Remedial Investigation Report, completed in September 2008, represents the culmination of five years of field activities conducted in accordance with the 2001 consent decree. A significant amount of data regarding the nature and extent of LNAPL, areas of waste deposition, and extent of groundwater and soil contamination were collected during the RI through the completion of soil borings, installation of groundwater monitoring wells, collection and analysis of soil, is available for review in the information repository at the Lawrenceville Public Library.

Cleanup Progress

U.S. EPA was involved in two Superfund Removal actions at Indian Refinery, one in 1996 at Indian Acres and another in 1997 in Tank Farm B. Both activities are discussed in the Site History section, above.

Illinois EPA has been responsible for oversight of all remedial cleanup activity at the former Indian Refinery since September 2000. Illinois EPA provides detailed cleanup information to the public with a series of fact sheets at its website: http://www.epa.state.il.us/community-relations/fact-sheets/indian-refining/index.html

Community Involvement

The Information Repository for the site is located at:

Lawrence Public Library
814 Twelfth Street
Lawrenceville, Illinois 62439
(618) 943-3016

The Illinois EPA Community Relations Point of Contact is:

Carol Fuller (carol.fuller@illinois.gov)
Community Relations Coordinator
Illinois EPA
Office of Community Relations
(217) 524-8807


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
owen thompson (thompson.owen@epa.gov)
(312) 886-4843





Site Profile Information

This profile provides you with information on EPA's cleanup progress at this Superfund site.


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