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Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action

This is a list of sites from across the United States that Administrator Pruitt has targeted for immediate and intense attention. This list is in direct response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations, issued July 25, 2017, calling for this list.

In developing this initial list, EPA considered sites that can benefit from Administrator Pruitt’s direct engagement and have identifiable actions to protect human health and the environment. These are sites requiring timely resolution of specific issues to expedite cleanup and redevelopment efforts.  The list is designed to spur action at sites where opportunities exist to act quickly and comprehensively. The Administrator will receive regular updates on each of these sites.

The list:

  • Is intended to be dynamic. Sites will move on and off the list as appropriate. At times, there may be more or fewer sites based on where the Administrator’s attention and focus is most needed.
  • There is no commitment of additional funding associated with a site’s inclusion on the list.
  • Is presented in order by EPA region.

See Questions and Answers for the Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action

EPA remains dedicated to addressing risks at all Superfund sites, not just those on the list. The Task Force Recommendations are aimed at expediting cleanup at all Superfund sites and Administrator Pruitt has set the expectation that there will be a renewed focus on accelerating work and progress at all Superfund sites across the country.

As of December 8, 2017, the list is:

US EPA Superfund Task Force: Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action - December 8, 2017
Site EPA Region City or County State NPL Issue/Upcoming Milestone
Mohawk Tannery 1 Nashua New Hampshire P Finalize Non-Time Critical Removal Action and facilitate redevelopment with interested developers.
Centredale Manor Restoration Project 1 North Providence Rhode Island F On the NPL for an extended period of time. Litigation with Potentially Responsible Party has delayed implementation of the remedy.
American Cyanamid Co. 2 Bound Brook New Jersey F Issue Proposed Plan for public comment.
Diamond Alkali Co. (aka Upper Lower Passaic) 2 Newark New Jersey F Finalize the Remedial Investigation and consider taking early actions.
Ventron/Velsicol (aka Berry’s Creek) 2 Wood Ridge Borough New Jersey F Issue Proposed Plan for public comment.
L. A. Clarke & Son 3 Spotsylvania Virginia F On the NPL for an extended period of time. Dispute with Potentially Responsible Party regarding OU2 work plan for groundwater.  Need resolution on issue to determine if party will perform work, or if formal dispute resolution is invoked.
B.F. Goodrich 4 Calvert City Kentucky F Proposed remedy out for comment. Comments will be considered and addressed in the Record of Decision.
Mississippi Phosphates Corporation 4 Pascagoula Mississippi P Potential release of hazardous waste to environmentally sensitive area/NPL listing for remedial takeover.
U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery, Inc. (aka USS Lead or East Chicago) 5 East Chicago Indiana F In Operable Unit 1-Zone 1 land use decision/Proposed Plan release.  Complete all soil remediation in Operable Unit 1-Zones 2 and 3. 
Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River 5 Kalamazoo Michigan F Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study delays caused by litigation. Resolve issues expeditiously.
Tar Creek (Ottawa County) 6 Ottawa County Oklahoma F Long term stewardship/Implement institutional controls to protect cleanup.
San Jacinto Waste Pits 6 Channelview Texas F Initiate and complete Remedial Design/Remedial Action negotiations and sign Consent Decree.
Des Moines TCE (aka Dico Company) 7 Des Moines Iowa F Delayed by litigation. Initiate actions to allow revitalization of the site. 
West Lake Landfill 7 Bridgeton Missouri F Develop a preferred alternative and issue Proposed Plan.
Bonita Peak Mining District 8 San Juan County Colorado F Remediation plan with short- and long-term objectives.
Anaconda Co. Smelter 8 Anaconda Montana F Initiate and complete negotiations to begin implementation of early actions to address human health exposure, followed by site wide work.
Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area 8 Butte Montana F Administrator's site visit pending in 2018.  State disagreement with Potentially Responsible Party on implementation of the remedy. Region facilitating discussions to reach agreement to implement remedy. 
Orange County North Basin 9 Fullerton California Pre-NPL Basin-wide groundwater cleanup needed quickly to protect drinking water for millions of Californians/NPL proposal, then listing. 
Anaconda Copper Mine 9 Lyon County Nevada P State request for deferral of final NPL listing decision. Pursue agreement on deferral decision.
Portland Harbor 10 Portland Oregon F Negotiating multiple agreements for design of cleanup and baseline sampling.
Quendall Terminal   10 Renton Washington F Substantial redevelopment opportunity. Determine preferred alternative and issue the Proposed Plan for public comment.

NPL Status Codes
Pre-NPL = Under consideration to be proposed to the NPL
P = Proposed to the NPL
F = Final on the NPL
D = Deleted from the NPL

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