Previous Superfund Additions
EPA ADDS ONE REGION 4 HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE TO SUPERFUND'S NATIONAL PRIORITIES LISTIn May 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added seven hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people’s health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. In Region 4, one site - the Walker Machine Products, Inc., in Colliersville, TN is now listed on the NPL.
SOIL CLEANUP UPDATE AND FUTURE LAND USE PLANS FOR THE PICAYUNE WOOD TREATING SITE
The EPA and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) have been working closely with city leaders, local stakeholders and residents in Picayune, Mississippi, for several years on the cleanup and future use of the 30-acre Picayune Wood Treating Superfund site. With the site’s soil cleanup scheduled for completion by summer 2013, the community is currently updating its 2005 reuse and redevelopment plan (PDF) (60 pp, 4.5MB) to reflect local priorities and the final remedy. Together, the efforts of the agencies and the community are protecting public health and the environment and helping the community restore a valued asset.
2013 SUPERFUND REDEVELOPMENT BROCHURE
The Region 4 Superfund Redevelopment Program has created a brochure (PDF) (12 pp, 7MB) that highlights key reuse and redevelopment tools, and showcases the successful implementation of these strategies at Superfund sites across Region 4. This document helps localities and communities affected by Superfund sites see the world of safe and productive reuse possibilities so they can work with EPA to apply relevant reuse techniques and tools at their own sites.
AGENCIES WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH IN CENTRAL ALABAMA
In October 2012, the EPA and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) responded to community concerns regarding odors coming from the Reef Environmental Facility (an industrial wastewater treatment facility) in Sylacauga, Alabama. The agencies addressed trapped gases in a treatment basin and then monitored local air quality to ensure residents’ safety. The EPA also conducted the first full-scale treatment of the facility’s three major holding basins with hydrogen peroxide on December 13, 2012. EPA’s on-scene coordinator reported that residents have noticed a significant decline in the once-persistent odor and praised the work. The community was able to enjoy an odor-free holiday season in 2012 for the first time in five years.
THREE REGION 4 SITES ADDED TO THE NPL AND ONE PROPOSED
In September 2012, EPA added three hazardous waste sites located in Region 4 to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Additionally, one other site is being proposed for addition. The sites added include: Alabama Plating, Vincent, AL.; Fairfax Street Wood Preserving, Jacksonville, FL; and Holcomb Creosote, Yadkinville, NC. The site being proposed is, Clinch River, Harriman, TN.
REGION 4 2011 ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORT
The Region 4's cleanup efforts and accomplishments for 2011 are presented in this Annual Report (PDF) (32 pp, 4.7MB). If you have comments or questions, please contact Jennifer Guillard (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information.
ADDITIONAL CLEANUP PROPOSED FOR THE VELSICOL HARDEMAN COUNTY LANDFILL SITE
On Tuesday July 31, 2012, EPA hosted a public meeting to present the options considered and the preferred remedy for further cleanup of Operable Unit 2 of the Velsicol Chemical Corporation Site in Toone Tennessee. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting which will be held from 7:00 p.m. till 9 p.m., at the Toone Town Hall at 2005 Highway 138. A 30-day public comment period allowed community members to express their views and concerns about the proposed plan. Before selecting a cleanup plan, EPA will consider oral and written comments submitted by the public. For more information contact John Nolen, the Remedial Project Manager for the site.
EXCELLENCE IN REUSE AWARDS PRESENTEDOn May 7, 2012, EPA presented the Superfund Excellence in Site Re-use Award to Lexington County, South Carolina and their partners for redeveloping the 160-acre Lexington County Landfill Site in a manner that resulted in the development of a valuable resource for the surrounding community and the County as a whole. Today the site includes a mini-golf course, a driving range, a practice golf course, a ballpark and a recycling center.
On April 12, 2012, EPA recognized the City of Camilla, Georgia for their efforts in supporting cleanup and re-developing the Camilla Wood Preserving Site in a manner that enhanced EPA’s selected remedy and resulted in the revitalization of the property and the surrounding community. The City of Camilla has opened a community park with soccer fields and a small RV park. The Mitchell County Parks and Recreation Department operates the community park and plans to expand the sports complex on the eastern half of the site following future cleanup.
FOUR REGION 4 SITES ADDED TO THE NPL AND THREE PROPOSED
On March. 13, 2012, four hazardous waste sites located in Region 4 will be added to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Additionally, three other sites are being proposed for addition. The sites added include: Continental Cleaners, Miami, FL., for more information view the NPL listing; Chemfax, Inc., Gulfport, MS., for more information view the NPL listing; Southeastern Wood Preserving Canton, MS., for more information view the NPL listing; and CTS of Asheville, Inc., Asheville, N.C. The sites being proposed are, Fairfax St. Wood Treaters, Jacksonville, FL., for more information view the proposed NPL listing; Macon Naval Ordnance Plant, Macon, GA., for more information view the proposed NPL listing; and Holcomb Creosote Co., Yadkinville, N.C., for more information view the proposed NPL listing.
CHANGES PROPOSED FOR CLEANUP OF THE INTERSTATE LEAD COMPANY SITEOn Thursday June 21, 2012, EPA will host a public meeting to explain the proposed changes to the cleanup plan for portions of Operable Units 1, 2 and 3 of Interstate Lead Company Site, located in Leeds, Alabama. The meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m., will be held at the Leeds Jane Culbreth Public Library located at 8104 Parkway Drive, Leeds, Alabama. EPA has opened a 30-day public comment period lasting from June 18, 2012 to July 18, 2012 for community members to express their views and concerns about the proposed plan. Before selecting a cleanup plan, EPA will consider oral and written comments submitted by the public. For more information contact Rachel McCullough, the Remedial Project Manager for the site.
SIX REGION 4 SITES ADDED TO THE NPL AND TWO PROPOSED
On September 16, 2011, six hazardous waste sites located in Region 4 will be added to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Additionally, two other sites are being proposed for addition. The sites added include: Armstrong World Industries, Macon, GA; Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Columbus, Columbus, MS; Red Panther Chemical Company, Clarksdale, MS; Horton Iron and Metal, Wilmington, NC; US Finishing/Cone Mills, Greenville, SC, and Alamo Contaminated Ground Water, Alamo, TN. The sites being proposed are, Continental Cleaners, Miami, FL and Southeastern Wood Preserving, in Canton, MS.
- Administrative Order on Consent (PDF) (1pg, 45K) Constitution Road Site of Georgia. Comment Period is open from Feb 14 - Mar 15, 2012.
- Administrative Order on Consent (PDF)(1pg, 45K)Constitution Road Site of Georgia. Comment Period is open from Jan 20 - Feb 21, 2012.
- Administrative Order on Consent (PDF)(1pg, 45K) Biological Processors of Alabama. Comment Period is open from Jan 3 - Feb 2, 2012.
EPA WILL HOST A PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS THE SURROUNDING WATER BODIES IN JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
EPA will host a public meeting on the Jacksonville Ash, Kerr McGee, Picketville, and Brown's Dump sites. Additional information about the water bodies surrounding Superfund cleanup location(s) are available in the Jacksonville Health Zone 1 Fact Sheet (PDF) (5 pp, 296K).
PUBLIC MEETING ON REMEDIAL PROCSS AT CTS/MILLS GAP, NCOn Thursday, March 10, 2011, EPA will host a public meeting to present information to the community about the National Priorities List (NPL) process and the Remedial process as it applies to the CTS/Mills Gap site. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Skyland Fire Department located at 9 Miller Road in Asheville, NC.
EPA FINALIZES CLEANUP PLAN FOR THE CABOT CARBON/KOPPERS SITEOn Wednesday February 2, 2011, EPA finalized the cleanup plan for the Cabot Carbon/Koppers Superfund Site in Gainesville, Florida. The cleanup will involve the treatment, containment, and monitoring of soils, sediments, ground and surface water. Once the cleanup is complete, the site will be available for beneficial reuse, including mixed-use with a residential component. For more information contact Scott Miller, the Remedial Project Manager for the site.
REMEDIAL ACTION KICKOFF OPEN HOUSEOn Thursday, February 24, 2011, EPA will hold an open house to provide information on the upcoming soil excavation at the Landia Chemical Company Superfund Site, in Lakeland, Florida. The meeting will be held in the Lake Parker Room of the Lakeland Center located at 701 Lime Street between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 pm. For more information contact Bill Denman, the Remedial Project Manager for the site.
EPA´s Superfund Program Marks 30th ANNIVERSARY
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) was signed into law on December 11, 1980 and was created to address the most polluted, complex, uncontrolled or abandoned sites in the United States. Since 1980, EPA has completed construction of cleanup remedies at 67.5 percent of final and deleted sites on the National Priorities List. Accomplishments of the Superfund program are documented in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response 2010 End of the Year Report. For more information about the Superfund Program´s 30th Anniversary, visit EPA's 30th Anniversary website.
EPA ANNOUNCES WATERLINE COMPLETION AT GMH ELECTRONICS SITEOn December 1, 2010, EPA announced the completion of the waterline construction project at the GMH Electronics Site in Roxboro, NC. The project will provide clean drinking water to households previously impacted by contamination from the GMH site. For the full story read the Press Release.
ARMSTRONG WORLD INDUSTRIES PROPOSED TO NPL On October 14, 2010, Armstrong World Industries in Macon, Georgia was included with sites recently added to the National Priorities List. This announcement will be posted in the October 21, 2010 Federal Register. More Information about this site and the NPL process is available at the EPA website.
On September 15, 2010, the Woolfolk Alliance Group received EPA's Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award. Over the past 12 years, the Woolfolk Alliance Group has been instrumental in the cleanup of the Woolfolk Chemical site. The cleanup has involved the treatment and removal of arsenic contaminated soil in addition to the remediation of multiple residential yards and attics. Today, the Thomas Public Library and Troutman House - a new community welcome center - graces a cleaned up portion of the site. Additional reuse plans are underway. For more information, contact Charles King, the site Project Manager.
EPA issued its Superfund Green Remediation Strategy (PDF) ( 32 pp, 264K) which sets out current plans of the Superfund Remedial Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other negative environmental impacts that might occur during cleanup of hazardous waste sites. The Strategy is not a comprehensive or static document; rather, it may change over time as we learn more about how EPA can improve our cleanup activities. The Strategy outlines nine key actions and describes related activities to promote green remediation.
See Region 4's Green Remediation Policy (PDF) (2 pp, 700K)
THREE SITES ADDED TO THE NATIONAL PRIORITIES LISTOn September 22, 2010, three new sites in Region 4 were added to the National Priorites List (NPL). The sites are General Dynamics Longwood located in Longwood, FL; Sanford Dry Cleaners located in Sanford, FL; Smokey Mountain Smelters located in Knox County, TN. These listings are published in the Federal Register. Additional information is available at the EPA website . JACKSONVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SHOWCASE COMMUNITY PILOT
On Saturday October 23, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency will host the Jacksonville Environmental Justice Showcase Community Pilot. This Pilot combines the collective efforts of residents, community-based and non-profit organizations, and federal, state and local agencies to address the public health and environmental concerns. This event will be held at the Jacksonville Children´s Commission at 1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, in Jacksonville Florida.
EPA KERR-MCGEE PUBLIC MEETING, COLUMBUS MS, OCT 14, 2010
Representatives of the USEPA Region 4 Superfund Division will hold a public meeting in Columbus, MS on October 14, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Liberty Middle School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how a site is ranked on the National Priorities List and the Superfund Removal and Remedial Process. The public is encouraged to attend.
PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS THE FLASH CLEANERS PROPOSED PLAN
On Thursday August 12, 2010, EPA will host a Public Meeting to discuss the completion of the investigation and the preferred remedy. The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held at the Dixon Ahl Hall at 2220 NE 38th Street, Lighthouse Point. EPA has completed the investigation of the Flash Cleaners Superfund Site and has identified a preferred cleanup approach. EPA will accept public comments on the Proposed from August 12 to September 11, 2010. The community is encouraged to participate in the decision-making process for the cleanup of this site by attending the public meeting, reviewing the Proposed Plan and providing their comments. EPA will consider oral and written comments submitted during the public comment period. For more information, please contact Barbara Alfano, the Remedial Project Manager for the site.
CLEANUP PLAN PROPOSED FOR THE STAUFFER CHEMICAL LEMOYNE COLD CREEK PLANT SUPERFUND SITES
On Monday August, 2, 2010, EPA will host a Public Meeting to explain the proposed cleanup plan for Operable Unit Three (OU3) of the Stauffer Chemical LeMoyne Plant and adjacent Cold Creek Plant Superfund Sites (Sites), located in Mobile County, Alabama. The meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m., will be held at the LeMoyne Emergency Services, Inc. building located at 13145 Highway 43 North, Axis, Alabama. EPA has opened a 30-day Public Comment Period lasting from July 31, 2010 to August 30, 2010, for community members to express their views and concerns about the Proposed Plan. Before selecting a cleanup plan, EPA will consider oral and written comments submitted by the public. For more information contact Michael Arnett, the Remedial Project Manager for the site.
CLEANUP PLAN PROPOSED PLAN FOR THE CABOT/KOPPERS SITE
On Thursday August 5, 2010, EPA will host a Public Meeting to explain the proposed cleanup plan for the Cabot/Koppers Site in Gainesville, Florida. The meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m., will be held at the Stephen Foster Elementary School located at 3800 Northwest 6th Street, in Gainesville. EPA has opened a 30 day Public Comment Period lasting from July 15 through August 15, 2010, for community members to express their views and concerns about the Proposed Plan. Before selecting a cleanup plan, EPA will consider oral and written comments submitted by the public. For more information contact Scott Miller, the Remedial Project Manager for the site.
REGION 4 GEARS UP COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE PLANSThe EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has developed specific objectives to enhance and increase Community Engagement during all phases of environmental restoration efforts. A new Community Engagement Initiative webpage describes the overall EPA effort and provides the OSWER plan (PDF) (23 pp, 601K) to increase community participation. The Region 4 Office of Superfund Public Affairs and Outreach (OSPAO) has developed an action plan (PDF) (2 pp, 700K) specifically for the Southeast region.
EPA AND HARSCO CORP. HOLD CEREMONY TO RECOGNIZE A MODEL PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR RECYCLINGReclamation Project Underway
On June 9, 2010, EPA and Harsco Corp. held a ceremony at the former Gulf States Steel Removal Site to highlight the model public-private partnership currently underway. During the site cleanup, stockpiled slag material left behind when the steel mill closed operations more than ten years ago will be processed for reuse. The removal action will recover and recycle ferrous metals which will reduce the volume of the slag piles. More than 85 percent of the project's total cost will be funded through recycling/reuse of on-site materials, which minimizes the financial impact to taxpayers. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the recovered metals will help pay for the disposal and containment of other hazardous wastes at the site. During the three phases of cleanup, more than 30 jobs have been created and an economic benefit of approximately $11,000,000 has been projected for the local area. This partnership meets several of the objectives of the Region 4 Superfund Division's Clean and Green Policy PDF (2 pp, 700K, About PDF)
CLEANUP PLAN PROPOSED FOR THE ALTERNATE ENERGY RESOURCES SITE
On Thursday July 8, 2010, EPA will host a Public Meeting to explain the proposed cleanup to be conducted at the Alternate Energy Resources (AER) Site, located in Augusta, Georgia. The meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will be held at the Bernie Ward Community Center located at 1940 Lumpkin Road in Augusta. EPA has established a 30 day Public Comment Period from June 28 through July 28, 2010, for community members to express their views about the Proposed Plan. Before selecting a cleanup plan, EPA will consider oral and written comments from the public. For more information contact Giezelle Bennett, the Remedial Project Manager for the site.
Region 4 Responds to Flooding in Tennessee
Numerous counties in the state of Tennessee have been offically declared disaster areas due to recent flooding. The majority of flood impacts are in the the city of Nashville and surrounding counties. EPA Region 4, the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA), the Tennessee Emergency Management Authority (TEMA) and the Tennessee Department of Environmental Correction (TDEC) are working together to address flood related releases of hazardous substances and oil. More information on the Tennessee Floods is provided on the EPAOSC.org website.
EPA plans Open House for the Stauffer Chemical Tarpon Springs Site - March 25th
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will sponsor an Open House to discuss the upcoming construction of the soil remedy at the Stauffer Chemical site. The Open House will be held at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, located at 138 East Lemon Street, on March 25th. Please drop by the library between 6 pm and 8 pm to participate in a discussion on the planned activities. Remedy construction is expected to begin in April 2010. EPA and EPA´s contractor, Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp., will attend along with representatives from OÁBrien & Gere and Envirocon, the contractors who will perform the work. You can obtain additional information and meet with EPA personnel and the cleanup contractor. Also, please visit the Stauffer Site Summary Page for more information on the Stauffer Tarpon Springs site.
Flash Cleaners Site Team Members Deliver "Good News" to Residents
Residents in the Lighthouse Point community living near the Flash Cleaners Superfund Site received good news last month. Sampling of seven residential properties concluded that vapor intrusion was not found to be present. "We were really glad to find that people were not at risk inside their homes," said EPA´s Remedial Project Manager Barbara Alfano. The study was conducted to determine the potential impact of soil vapors produced by contaminants in the groundwater. These contaminants are a result of improper disposal of dry-cleaning solvents. At each home, gas samples were collected from borings in the garage and lawn and analyzed by an onsite mobile lab. In addition to the residences, the results of samples taken at a condominium community across the street from Flash Cleaners were non-detect. As expected, high concentrations of volatile organic compounds were found at Flash Cleaners where vapor intrusion is present. Accompanying Alfano were EPA Hydrogeologist Ben Bentkowski and Community Involvement Coordinator Tonya James, who were on hand to deliver the results and address any concerns or questions raised by residents of the seven homes tested. For more information on vapor intrusion, please visit this EPA fact sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 90K).
For information on the Flash Cleaners Superfund Site, please visit the Site Summary Page.
EPA Responds to SC Train Derailment
On February 17, 2010, the Region 4 Emergency Response Team and its START contractor responded to a Norfolk Southern train derailment in Gilbert, SC. Ten railcars, including a 13,000 gallon acid tank car containing a 93 percent solution of sulfuric acid were involved in the incident. On Scene Coordinator (OSC) Les Sims mobilized to site to provide technical support and Potentially Responsible Party oversight. An inspection of the acid bearing tank car confirmed no breach of the hull or acid release. Other railcars involved in the derailment were either empty or contained non-hazardous materials. On November 23rd, all cars, including the acid tank car, were transported off-site without incident. For more information contact the OSC Les Sims at email@example.com
Removal begins in NC Mobile Home Park
On November 30th, 2009, EPA began activities to remove soil with elevated levels of lead in the Oak Haven Mobile Home Park. The Salisbury, NC mobile home park is located on approximately 31 acres, but only three acres are impacted. There are families currently residing in the 63 mobile homes of the community. As needed, the families may be temporarily relocated while the work is being conducted. Department of Environmental and Regulation (DENR) referred Oak Haven Lead Site to Region 4 Emergency Response and Removal Branch (ERRB) due to elevated levels of lead from battery chips present in the surface soils. For more information contact Jeff Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Holds Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Stakeholder meetings are an important part of OSWER’s decision-making process, but it’s not always possible for people to attend a face-to-face meeting. With that in mind, we are holding our first Video Town Hall meeting on December 16, 2009 from 1:00-2:45 PM ET. The topic of this meeting is Superfund. The first hour of the meeting will cover the following three topics as they relate to Superfund: 1) community engagement, 2) performance measures, and 3) brownfields flexibility and resources. The second hour of the meeting will be an open forum for any questions relating to Superfund. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask Superfund-related questions directly to myself and other EPA experts throughout the meeting.