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EPA Proposes Deletion of Union Chemical Company Superfund Site in South Hope, Maine

Contact Information: 
John Senn (
(617) 918-1019

(BOSTON)- The public comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to delete the Union Chemical Company Superfund Site, located in South Hope, Maine from the National Priorities List (NPL) begins today July 20, 2018. Deletion of sites from the NPL may occur once all response actions are complete and all cleanup goals have been achieved.

EPA and the State of Maine have determined that all appropriate Superfund-financed responses under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), have been implemented and that no further cleanup by responsible parties is appropriate for the Site. Long-term monitoring and Five-Year Reviews will continue to assure that remedial actions conducted at the site to date continue to be protective of public health and the environment. This deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund if warranted.

The Federal Docket for the Union Chemical Company deletion contains the information to support the deletion. The public is invited to comment on the proposed decision to delete this Site from the NPL. The public comment period will begin on July 20, 2018, and extend for 30 days to August 20, 2018. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID no. EPA-HQ-SFUND-1989-0011, by one of the following methods: - Follow on-line instructions for submitting comments and viewing the supporting documentation in the Federal Docket.

The Notice of Intent to Delete is also available on EPA's web page at the following web address:

Publicly available docket materials are also available at the EPA Record Center at the location listed below:

EPA Region 1 Record Center
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 1-617-918-1440
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Superfund Task Force. In May 2017 EPA established a task force to restore the Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the Agency's core mission to protect health and the environment.