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EPA Proposes Indianapolis hazardous waste site for Superfund National Priorities List

Contact Information: 
Francisco Arcaute (arcaute.francisco@epa.gov)
312-886-7613, 312-898-2042

For Immediate Release No. 15-OPA154

CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 2015) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed adding the West Vermont Drinking Water Contamination site, Indianapolis, Indiana, to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.

At the site, an 18-acre groundwater plume of chlorinated solvents is contaminating nearby drinking water wells.

EPA's West Vermont site proposal will be will be published in Federal Register on September 30, 2015. EPA will accept public comments for 60 days following publication.

Information about the proposed and final NPL sites are available on EPA's website: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/current.htm.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the enactment of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the law establishing the Superfund program. The Superfund law gives EPA the authority to clean up releases of hazardous substances and directs EPA to update the National Priorities List at least once a year.