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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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January 2015

The first phase of the cleanup of the Eagle Zinc site started early December 2014. Nine of the 22 buildings scheduled for demolition have been demolished as of mid-January. The buildings were inspected for asbestos and other contaminated waste prior to demolition. Asbestos removal and off-site disposal also started in December and continues through January. Iron, bricks and other reusable materials are being recycled when possible, and the remaining waste is being disposed of off-site (see photos of site activities in the Photo Gallery to the right). Air quality is being monitored during the demolition.  

The first phase is scheduled to be completed by May 2015. The community will be informed as updates become available.

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