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EPA Deleted All or Part of 27 Superfund Sites -- including the Beloit Corp. Superfund site in Rockton, Ill. – from the National Priorities List in FY2019
Provides Lasting Benefit to Communities by Deleting the Highest Number in 18 Years
For Immediate Release No. 19-OPA098
ROCKTON, Ill. (October 29, 2019) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 the agency deleted all or part of 27 sites – including the Beloit Corp. Superfund site in Rockton, Ill. – from Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL), the largest number of deletions in a single year since FY 2001.
This represents the third year in a row that EPA has significantly increased the number of sites deleted from the NPL, helping communities move forward in reusing and redeveloping the land by making it clear that cleanup is complete.
EPA deletes sites or parts of sites from the NPL when no further cleanup is required to protect human health or the environment. Years, and sometimes decades, of complex investigation and cleanup work has gone into getting these sites to where they are today. This important milestone indicates to communities that cleanup is complete and that sites are protective of human health and the environment.
“Our renewed focus on the Superfund program is reaching directly into the heart of communities that are looking to EPA for leadership and action,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “I am proud of the work we have done to deliver on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protect the people we serve and support community revitalization by allowing land to be rediscovered and repurposed for productive use.”
"EPA continues to demonstrate its commitment to delist, or partially delist Superfund sites so they can be restored to productive use," said EPA Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp. "Promoting redevelopment is part of EPA's core mission and helps spur the local economy and create jobs in communities near Superfund sites."
From 1957 until 1999, Beloit Corp. manufactured papermaking equipment and operated a research center on the property. The manufacturing activities contaminated soil and area groundwater. In 1990, U.S. EPA placed the site on the NPL, a list of the most contaminated sites in the nation. Beloit Corp. installed a groundwater pump-and-treat system in the manufacturing area of the site in 1996. Illinois EPA has been operating the treatment system since 2002. In 2008, U.S. EPA and IEPA expanded the groundwater pump-and treat-system.
On the research center portion of the site, U.S. EPA and IEPA also implemented land-use controls to prohibit any future residential use or new water wells. That parcel has since been redeveloped and is now used by a paper equipment manufacturer. U.S. EPA is partially deleting the former research center portion of the site because all cleanup actions at that location are complete.
While EPA encourages site reuse throughout the cleanup process, deletions from the NPL can help revitalize communities and promote economic growth by signaling to potential developers and financial institutions that cleanup is complete. Over the past several years, the agency has focused on streamlining the deletion process and increasing the number of opportunities to demonstrate to communities that cleanup is complete.
For example, in FY 2017 EPA doubled the number of full and partial sites deleted over the previous fiscal year with a total of six sites and then significantly increased the total number of deletions to 22 in FY 2018 and 27 in FY 2019.
The agency’s FY 2019 deletions include 12 full sites and parts of 15 more sites.
Additional information about EPA’s NPL deletions can be viewed at https://www.epa.gov/superfund/deleted-national-priorities-list-npl-sites-state
The Superfund Task Force Accomplishments can be viewed at https://www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-task-force-recommendations-and-accomplishments
To search for information about these and other NPL sites, please visit https://www.epa.gov/superfund/search-superfund-sites-where-you-live