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Ashland/Northern States Power Lakefront Site

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Susan Pastor (pastor.susan@epa.gov)
312-353-1325 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31325

Remedial Project Manager
Scott Hansen (hansen.scott@epa.gov)
312-886-1999 or 800-621-8431 Ext. 61999

Wisconsin DNR Site Coordinators
Jamie Dunn (james.dunn@wisconsin.gov)

John Robinson (john.robinson@wisconsin.gov)

Health Risk Advisor
Henry Nehls-Lowe (henry.nehlslowe@wisconsin.gov)
Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services


(where to view written records)

Vaughn Public Library
502 W. Main St.
Ashland, WI
For hours of operation, call 715-682-7060

DNR Spooner Service Center
810 West Maple St.
Spooner, Wis.
To make an appointment call:

Bad River Public Library
Norma Soulier, Librarian
P.O. Box 39
100 Maple St.
Odanah, Wis.
For hours of Operation call:
715-682-7111, ext. 1532

Red Cliff EPA Office (Fish Hatchery)
88385 Pike Road, Hwy 13 (mailing address)
86395 Hwy 13, Brood Stock Building
Bayfield, Wis.
Contact: 715-779-3650 to make an appointment.

The Ashland/Northern States Power Lakefront site sits on the shore of Chequamegon Bay, Lake Superior, in northern Wisconsin. The site actually is made up of several properties including those owned by Northern States Power Company of Wisconsin (d/b/a Xcel Energy), Canadian National Railroad and City of Ashland. Ten acres of contaminated lake sediment just off-shore is also part of the Superfund site. Ground water underlying the site and an adjacent residential area is contaminated, as is soil at the site. (more background information...)

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Feedback Form

If you have questions about the cleanup plans for the Ashland/NSP Lakefront site please use this form.

You can read more details in Community Update About Cleanup Plans (PDF) (4 pp, 2.34MB)

Site Updates

March 2014

Phase 1 work, soil and groundwater cleanup under the former gas plant and Kreher Park, will begin this spring and go through early 2015. A wet dredge pilot study in Chequamegon Bay will be conducted this fall.

Residents in the area of the cleanup will be informed of the project schedule and activities planned in 2014 at an information session scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March 24 at the Social Hall of Our Lady of the Lake Church.

Cleanup work in the area under the former gas plant and at Kreher Park west of the current RV park will involve soil removal followed by covering the area with clean material. Groundwater barriers will be installed to stop groundwater from moving and areas will be capped to limit rain and snowmelt from seeping through the ground and carrying the pollutants the Bay.  A containment structure will be built along the shoreline and groundwater within the contained area will be treated before discharging to the Bay. 

Previous site updates

You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more.


News Releases

Fact Sheets

Legal Agreements

Technical documents

Manufactured Gas Plants (MGPs)

Learn about MGPs

EPA Region 5 is working on former MGPs in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Monthly/Quarterly Progress Reports

Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study (RI/FS)

Community Involvement Plan

Public Meetings

Demonstration Project

EPA, in collaboration with NSP Wisconsin, is doing a Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Demonstration project at the former manufactured gas plant near Xcel Energy's Service Center on St. Claire St. in Ashland.

The project is testing the effectiveness of a chemical oxidation process in breaking down the pollutants found in ground water. Field work and sampling are done. EPA is awaiting a final report on the project which it will post when complete.

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