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American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) Taylor Springs

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Heriberto León
leon.heriberto@epa.gov
312-886-6163 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66163

Remedial Project Manager
Sheila Desai
desai.sheila@epa.gov
312-353-4150 or 800-621-8431, ext. 34150

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Taylor Springs Village Hall
626 E. Main St.
Taylor Springs, IL

Background

On September 26, 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added the ASARCO Taylor Springs site, in Taylor Springs, IL, to the National Priorities List of Superfund hazardous waste sites. Sites on the NPL are eligible for additional study and resources under EPA's Superfund program.

The 181-acre Taylor Springs site was proposed for addition to the NPL in April 2006 followed by a public comment period. The property, which contained a zinc smelter and zinc oxide production facility, is owned by ASARCO. Previously, the zinc oxide facility was operated by American Zinc Lead and Smelting Co. (now Blue Tee Corp.) and more recently by Midwest Zinc. Pollution on the property--including contaminated soil and two production waste slag piles containing lead, arsenic, cadmium and other metals--dates to 1911. Some waste materials were also used as fill dirt in the neighborhood near the site.

At the request of Illinois EPA, U.S. EPA's Emergency Response branch conducted a site assessment of soil lead concentrations in residential and public areas in the Village of Taylor Springs. Access was obtained at approximately half of the residential properties in Taylor Springs, and sampling was conducted in June, 2006. Results of this sampling found that 20 residential or public areas exceeded U.S. EPA's time critical removal action level of 1,200 ppm lead, and an additional 67 properties exceeded the U.S. EPA Region IX Preliminary Remedial Goal for lead of 400 ppm.

On September 26, 2006 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added the ASARCO Taylor Springs site, in Taylor Springs, Ill., to the National Priorities List of Superfund hazardous waste sites. Sites on the NPL are eligible for additional study and resources under EPA's Superfund program.

Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) and Community Advisory Group (CAG) are two ways the community can get involved. Learn more about CAGs and TAGs

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August 2014

The site is in the Remedial Investigation (RI) phase. EPA has received a draft Remedial Investigation report and a revised report is expected fall of 2014. Additional sampling is needed to complete the Remedial Investigation. This investigation helps EPA identify the nature and extent of contamination at the site. The RI is expected to be completed by summer 2015. After the RI is completed, the Feasibility Study is conducted. The FS is the mechanism for the development, screening, and detailed evaluation of alternative remedial actions to address contamination at the site.

October 2012

The EPA is reviewing surveying and sampling information that has been gathered since last year at and around the ASARCO site. Additional data may be collected and reviewed into 2013 if needed to complete all the studies required to complete the "remedial investigation" phase of the Superfund process. This phase helps define the scope of investigation that is necessary to identify the area of contamination. The collected data will then be used:
(a) to perform the human health and ecologic risk assessments and
(b) to evaluate and screen remedial alternatives to address any identified risks as required under the agreement signed between the EPA and potentially responsible parties.

Visit the Superfund Process website to learn how your community can participate in the Remedial Investigation stage of the process.

November 2011

Surveying and sampling began this month at and around the ASARCO site. The EPA is supervising contractors performing the related investigations which will continue into the spring of 2012. Local residents can expect to see technicians in required protective clothing taking:

With these studies the ASARCO Superfund site enters the "remedial investigation" phase of the Superfund process. This phase helps define the scope of investigation that is necessary to identify the area of contamination. The collected data will then be used to perform the human health and ecologic risk assessments and to evaluate and screen remedial alternatives to address any identified risks as required under the agreement signed between the EPA and potentially responsible parties.

The remedial investigation may be completed by the summer of 2012. Visit the Superfund Process website to learn how your community can participate in the Remedial Investigation stage of the process.

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