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Fulton Terminals Site in Fulton, New York is Among 22 Sites Deleted or Partially Deleted Nationally from Federal Superfund List, EPA Hits 13-Year High in Deletions

10/10/2018
Contact Information: 
Elias Rodriguez (rodriguez.elias@epa.gov)
212-637-3664

(New York, N.Y.) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the Agency deleted all or part of 22 sites from Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL), the largest number of deletions in one year since FY 2005 and a significant increase over the past few years. In New York, after cleaning up more than 10,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and approximately nine million gallons of contaminated groundwater, EPA deleted the Fulton Terminals Superfund site, located in the City of Fulton, N.Y.

“Under President Trump, EPA is deleting Superfund sites from the National Priorities List at the fastest pace in more than a decade,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This remarkable accomplishment is proof that cleaning up contaminated lands and returning them to safe and productive use is a top priority of the Trump EPA.”

Under the Trump Administration, the Superfund program has reemerged as a priority to fulfill and strengthen the Agency’s core mission of protecting human health and the environment. In May 2017, EPA launched the Superfund Task Force to provide recommendations for improving and expediting site cleanups and promoting redevelopment.

Site deletions have been a major focus of the Superfund Task Force. The Task Force reviewed existing policies and procedures related to deleting sites from the NPL and issued several recommendations. In addition, the Superfund program began providing the EPA administrator’s office with monthly updates on upcoming deletions. Through these and other actions, EPA deleted 18 sites and portions of four more sites in FY 2018, a significant increase over the three full or partial deletions in FY 2016. 

Another significant Task Force achievement in FY 2018 was increasing the annual number of sites returned to communities for redevelopment. By redeveloping Superfund sites, communities are able to reuse thousands of acres of formerly contaminated land, often strengthening local economies. Many sites that EPA has designated as ready for reuse in previous years now host parks, business districts, renewable energy facilities, wildlife habitat, neighborhoods, and farms. In FY 2018, EPA committed to increase the number of NPL sites that achieved sitewide ready for anticipated use (SWRAU) by roughly 25 percent over the previous year. Through focused management attention and improved program practices, EPA achieved this goal: 51 sites reached SWRAU in FY 2018, the highest total since FY 2013.

The 18 sites EPA completely deleted from the NPL are:

  1. C & D Recycling in Foster Township, Pennsylvania;
  2. Davenport and Flagstaff Smelters in Sandy, Utah;
  3. Davis Timber Company in Hattiesburg, Mississippi;
  4. Dorney Road Landfill in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania;
  5. Eureka Mills in Eureka, Utah;
  6. Frontier Hard Chrome, Inc. in Vancouver, Washington;
  7. Fulton Terminals in Fulton, New York;
  8. Hatheway & Patterson in Mansfield, Massachusetts;
  9. Nutting Truck & Caster Co. in Faribault, Minnesota;
  10. Old Esco Manufacturing in Greenville, Texas;
  11. Old Southington Landfill in Southington, Connecticut;
  12. Ordnance Works Disposal Areas in Morgantown, West Virginia;
  13. Reasor Chemical Company in Castle Hayne, North Carolina;
  14. Recticon/Allied Steel Corp. in East Coventry Township, Pennsylvania;
  15. Union Chemical Co., Inc. in South Hope, Maine;
  16. Vancouver Water Station #1 Contamination in Vancouver, Washington;
  17. Vancouver Water Station #4 Contamination in Vancouver, Washington; and
  18. Whitehouse Oil Pits in Whitehouse, Florida.

The four sites EPA partially deleted are:

  1. Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant in Fridley, Minnesota;
  2. Omaha Lead in Omaha, Nebraska;
  3. Pacific Coast Pipe Lines in Fillmore, California; and
  4. Peters Cartridge Factory in Kings Mills, Ohio.

Background

The NPL includes the nation’s most serious hazardous waste sites. The list serves as the basis for prioritizing EPA Superfund cleanup funding and enforcement actions. EPA deletes sites from the NPL when no further cleanup is required to protect human health or the environment.

One of EPA’s goals for the Superfund program is to return sites to communities for productive use. EPA encourages site reuse throughout the cleanup process, as appropriate, to maximize redevelopment opportunities. Superfund deletions can aid redevelopment efforts by offering a clear signal to developers and financial institutions that Superfund cleanup is complete.

In coming years, EPA will continue its focus on deleting sites through training and sharing information about the most effective approaches for moving sites to deletion.

EPA is scheduled to conclude implementing the Superfund Task Force recommendations in 2019.

For more information about EPA’s Superfund Task Force: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-task-force

Additional information about EPA’s NPL deletions can be viewed at: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/deleted-national-priorities-list-npl-sites-state

To search for information about these and other NPL sites, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/search-superfund-sites-where-you-live

In EPA Region 2

In New York, after cleaning up more than 10,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and approximately nine million gallons of contaminated groundwater, EPA deleted the Fulton Terminals Superfund site, located in the City of Fulton, N.Y.  The City of Fulton, the current owner of the former facility property, is interested in developing the land for community use. The decision to remove the site from the Superfund list comes after several reviews of the site and contamination in the groundwater beneath the site.

The cleanup at the site included:

  • Excavating and treating the soil with heat to remove the volatile organic compounds
  • Backfilling the excavated areas with clean soil
  • Pumping and treating the contaminated groundwater

To learn more about the July 2018 deletion of the Fulton Terminals Superfund site, please visit: www.epa.gov/superfund/fulton-terminals

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