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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 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 April 16, 2018, the list is:

US EPA Superfund Task Force: Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action - April 16, 2018
Site EPA Region City or County State NPL Issue/Upcoming Milestone
Mohawk Tannery 1 Nashua New Hampshire P Currently working on the Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis. Plan to have a proposed remedy out for public comment in early Summer 2018. Finalize Non-Time Critical Removal Action Memo by end of the 2018 fiscal year.
Currently negotiating a redevelopment agreement with a Prospective Purchaser.
Centredale Manor Restoration Project 1 North Providence Rhode Island F Working toward an agreement with the potentially responsible party.
American Cyanamid Co. 2 Bound Brook New Jersey F Issue Proposed Plan for public comment by the end of Spring 2018.
Diamond Alkali Co. (aka Upper Lower Passaic) 2 Newark New Jersey F Finalize the Remedial Investigation and consider taking early
Ventron/Velsicol (aka Berry’s Creek) 2 Wood Ridge Borough New Jersey F Issue Proposed Plan for public comment by the end Spring 2018.
L. A. Clarke & Son 3 Spotsylvania Virginia F Resolved two of three disputed issues with potentially responsible parties over risk assessment and conceptual site model. PRPs have conducted initial sampling, and discussions continue to resolve remaining issues. Remaining issues related to implementation of Work Plan is subject to a deadline for invoking dispute resolution. EPA is waiting for PRP response that they will conduct work or dispute.
Delaware Sand & Gravel Landfill 3 New Castle Delaware F Obtain input on enforcement strategy for quick
implementation of the remedy by potentially responsible parties to address groundwater contamination before water supply wells impacted.
B.F. Goodrich 4 Calvert City Kentucky F Public comment period has closed and Region is currently evaluating alternatives based on comments received. EPA plans to issue a signed Record of Decision by Summer 2018.
Mississippi Phosphates Corporation 4 Pascagoula Mississippi F Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis was issued to the public for comment. EPA is currently evaluating comments received. Sign a Non-Time Critical Removal Action Memo selecting a remedy.
U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery, Inc. (aka USS Lead or East Chicago) 5 East Chicago Indiana F Sign Explanation of Significant Difference for OU 1 (Zone 2 and 3) In Operable Unit 1-Zone 1 land use decision, issue Proposed Plan to public for comment in Summer 2018. Complete all soil remediation in Operable Unit 1 - Zone 2 early 2021 and Zone 3 Fall 2018.
Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River 5 Kalamazoo Michigan F Complete Otsego Township Dam time critical removal action
(in Area 3 of OU5).
St. Regis Paper Co. 5 Cass Lake Minnesota F Determine standard for proposed remedial action; Sign
Record of Decision for residential soil cleanup.
Tar Creek (Ottawa County) 6 Ottawa County Oklahoma F Identify and evaluate opportunities to accelerate cleanup.
Ensure long term stewardship. Implement institutional
controls to protect cleanup.
Des Moines TCE (aka Dico Company) 7 Des Moines Iowa F Complete settlement agreement to support cleanup and
West Lake Landfill 7 Bridgeton Missouri F Complete the public comment process and issue a signed
Record of Decision Amendment by the end of the fiscal year
Bonita Peak Mining District 8 San Juan County Colorado F Issue remediation plan with short- and long-term objectives.
Anaconda Co. Smelter 8 Anaconda Montana F Complete negotiations for implementation of early actions
to address human health exposure, followed by site-wide
Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area 8 Butte Montana F Administrator's site visit pending in 2018. Move from recent
Agreement in Principle to Consent Decree.
Orange County North Basin 9 Fullerton California P Basin-wide groundwater cleanup needed quickly to protect
drinking water for millions of residents. Complete public
comment process and make final NPL listing decision.
Casmalia Resources 9 Casmalia California F Make final clean-up decision and issue Record of Decision.
Portland Harbor 10 Portland Oregon F On December 2017 EPA signed an agreement with the Pre-
RD Group to conduct the pre-design investigation and
baseline sampling. Field activities are now underway.
Negotiate agreements with additional Potentially
Responsible Parties to conduct sampling to support remedial
design by the end of the calendar year.
Quendall Terminal   10 Renton Washington F Complete the upland pilot study to inform the evaluation of
the preferred alternative and issue the Proposed Plan for
public comment by end of fiscal year 2018.

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.