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Vulcan-Louisville / Fansteel

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628

Remedial Project Manager
Syed Quadri (quadri.syed@epa.gov)
312-886-5736 or 800-621-8431, ext. 65736

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North Chicago Public Library
2100 Argonne Drive
North Chicago, IL

Background

The Vulcan Louisville facility, a former smelting operations, is at is at 1 Tantalum Place, two miles east of the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Street (22nd Street) and U.S. Highway 41. The facility is bounded by the R. Lavin & Sons facility to the east, 22nd Street to the south, Commonwealth Avenue to the west, and the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railroad to the north.

The Fansteel site was used for industrial waste disposal. Several environmental investigations have been performed. In 1998, EPA conducted a $3.1 million cleanup, removing 49,475 cubic yards of contaminated soil and sediment from the vacant lot. In 2002, Fansteel filed for bankruptcy. As part of a bankruptcy settlement agreement, Fansteel completed a site investigation. The company's property was sold to the city of North Chicago for $1.4 million, and Fansteel paid that amount to EPA to fund future cleanup at the site. Fansteel also paid EPA an additional $700,000 and the Department of Defense paid $425,000 to resolve its potential liability. Those funds were placed in a special account that EPA will use to help pay for the cleanup.

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January 2014 Update

The U.S. EPA conducted a removal action on two parcels (Fansteel area and Vacant lot) at the Fansteel/Vulcan Louisville Site in December 2008 to mitigate the release of hazardous substances and to abate threats to human health and the environment. The U.S. EPA removal efforts included soil excavation up to 15 feet below ground surface (bgs) in the Fansteel area and up to 6 feet bgs in the Vacant Lot area and disposal of TCE-contaminated soil in an U.S. EPA approved landfill.  The City of North Chicago has acquired the Fansteel parcel and a portion of the Vacant Lot parcel east of Pettibone Creek in order to foster redevelopment of the Site.

A quarterly groundwater monitoring program has been initiated in the summer of 2010, in order to address the TCE groundwater plumes existing in Fansteel and Vacant Lot areas.  The goal of the quarterly groundwater monitoring program is to assess whether natural attenuation is occurring at the Site and the role of natural attenuation in the eventual degradation of the contaminants of concern in the groundwater.

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