EPA adds Schroud property in Chicago to Superfund National Priorities List
For Immediate Release: No. 19-OPA108
CHICAGO (October 30, 2019) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Schroud Property located on the southwest corner of the intersection between 126th Street and Avenue O in Chicago will be added to the Superfund National Priorities (NPL) where releases of contamination pose human health and environmental risks.
“Our commitment to communities with sites on the National Priorities List is that they are a true national priority,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Under the Trump Administration, EPA has a renewed focus on the Superfund program. We are taking action to clean up some of the nation’s most contaminated sites, protect the health of communities, and return contaminated land to safe and productive reuse for future generations.”
Soil and waste at the Schroud Property and in nearby Indian Creek are contaminated with lead, chromium and other inorganic compounds. From 1951-1977, the 67-acre site was used to store and dump slag material from the former Republic/LTV Steel facility, located about a mile away.
The NPL includes the nation’s most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste releases. The list serves as EPA’s basis for prioritizing Superfund cleanup funding and enforcement actions. Only releases at sites included on the NPL are eligible to receive federal funding for long-term, permanent cleanup.
Superfund cleanups provide health and economic benefits to communities. The program is credited for significant reductions in birth defects and blood-lead levels among children living near sites, and research has shown residential property values increase up to 24% within 3 miles of sites after cleanup.
Redeveloped Superfund sites can generate substantial economic activity. Thanks to Superfund cleanups, previously blighted properties are now being used for a wide range of purposes, including retail businesses, office space, public parks, residences, warehouses and solar power generation. At 529 Superfund sites returned to productive use, 8,600 businesses operate with 195,000 employees earning more than $13 billion in annual income.
Community members are key partners at Superfund sites, and their early involvement leads to better cleanup decisions, including those about a site’s future use.
In September, EPA announced the Superfund Task Force’s completion and issued its final report outlining significant accomplishments at Superfund sites across the country over the past two years. The Task Force’s important work will continue under the Superfund Program and at all sites on the NPL. The agency will continue to prioritize expediting cleanups to protect people’s health and the environment.
For information about the Schroud Property: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/schroud-property
For information about Superfund and the NPL: https://www.epa.gov/superfund.
For Federal Register notices and supporting documents for NPL and proposed sites: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/current-npl-updates-new-proposed-npl-sites-and-new-npl-sites.