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Ashland/Northern States Power Lakefront Site

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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)
715 359-8932

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 is made up of several properties including those owned by Northern States Power Co. of Wisconsin (d/b/a Xcel Energy), Canadian National Railroad and the city of Ashland. Ten acres of contaminated lake sediment just off-shore are also part of the site. (more background information...)

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Site Updates

September 2014

Phase 1 work of the soil and groundwater cleanup under the former gas plant and Kreher Park is underway and will continue through early 2015. Odors have been a problem during the cleanup but continuous air monitoring is being done to catch any problems that may arise.  Seasonal time constraints and damage to the barrier system caused by September storms have caused the wet dredge pilot study in Chequamegon Bay to be postponed until spring 2015. This study will involve dredging sediment in a section of the bay (near shore) to see if it can meet the cleanup requirements outlined in the 2010 record of decision document.   

Cleanup in the area under the former gas plant and at Kreher Park west of the RV park started in May.   This entails removing contaminated soil and then covering the area with clean material. Barriers will be installed to stop groundwater from moving outside Kreher Park.  Certain areas will be covered with clay/asphalt to limit rain and snowmelt from seeping through the ground. A metal “wall” will be built along the shoreline to contain the groundwater before it is treated (cleaned) and discharged into the city’s treatment plant.

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Manufactured Gas Plants (MGPs)

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

Monthly/Quarterly Progress Reports

Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study (RI/FS)

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