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Eagle Zinc Superfund Site

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Teresa Jones (jones.teresa@epa.gov)
312-886-0725 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60725

Remedial Project Manager
Timothy Drexler


Hillsboro Public Library
214 School St.
Hillsboro, IL


The Eagle Zinc site is located in the city and township of Hillsboro, Illinois, Montgomery County. The 132-acre site is located in a commercial /industrial/residential area in northeast Hillsboro. The site extends from Smith road to the north of Middle Fork of Shoal Creek on the south. The site operated as a zinc smelter from 1912 to 2003. Other site operations included the production of sulfuric acid and zinc oxide.

Leftover material and contaminants from the manufacturing operations are concentrated in 15 piles, which are mainly located in the central and southern portions of the site. A large pond that formerly provided water for site operations is located in the southwest corner of the site. Buildings formerly used for manufacturing operation currently occupy 20 percent of the site. The site is currently zoned industrial by the city of Hillsboro and legal restrictions on the property limit future site use to industrial use. Local authorities have expressed interest in redeveloping the site.

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Site Updates

August 2015

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EPA’s Region 5 Office in Chicago received notification from EPA Headquarters that $9 million in funding has been made available to begin the second phase of the cleanup known as Operable Unit 2, or OU2, at the Eagle Zinc site. OU2 work will include the placement of smelter residue in an onsite storage containment cell. The new funding amount represents about half of the total cost to perform the work. It is anticipated OU2 work will begin in Spring 2016.

The OU1 cleanup, which includes building demolition, recycling of steel and off-site disposal of waste material is nearing completion at the site.

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