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Superfund

Superfund Sites Targeted for Immediate, Intense Action

This is a list of sites from across the United States that Acting Administrator Wheeler 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 Acting Administrator Wheeler'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 Acting 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 the Acting Administrator has continued to set the expectation that there will be a renewed focus on accelerating work and progress at all Superfund sites across the country.

As of November 2018, the list is:

US EPA Superfund Task Force: Administrator’s Emphasis List – November 2018
Site EPA Region City or County State NPL Status Upcoming Milestone
Mohawk Tannery 1 Nashua New Hampshire Proposed

Issue the Non-Time Critical Removal Action Memo in Winter 2018-2019.

Complete negotiation of a redevelopment agreement with a prospective purchaser.

Diamond Alkali Co. (aka Upper Lower Passaic) + 2 Newark New Jersey Final Finalize the Remedial Investigation in Spring 2019.
Universal Oil Products 2 East Rutherford New Jersey Final Evaluate a complementary remedy for the eastern half of the 70-acre site in Spring 2019 so the site remedy can be performed in combination with the Berry’s Creek remedy as part of an adaptive management approach.
L. A. Clarke & Son 3 Spotsylvania Virginia Final Removal Action Plan 4 – Complete groundwater monitoring field work in Winter 2019-2020.

Removal Action Plan 5 – Finalize Revised Human Health Risk Assessment Report by Winter 2018-2019 and Final Screening Level Ecological Risk Assessment in Spring 2019.

Non time-critical removal action – Implement Creosote/DNAPL source removal action in Winter 2019-2020.
U.S. Smelter and Lead Refinery, Inc. (aka USS Lead or East Chicago) 5 East Chicago Indiana Final Operable Unit (OU) 1-Zone 1 land use decision - Issue Proposed Plan to public for comment in Fall 2018.

OU 1-Zone 2 - Complete all soil remediation in Winter 2019-2020.

OU 1-Zone 3 - Complete all soil remediation in Summer 2019.

Sign the Record of Decision Amendment for Zone 1 in calendar year 2019.
Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River * 5 Kalamazoo Michigan Final Complete settlement agreement(s) to support continuing cleanup effort.
St. Regis Paper Co. * 5 Cass Lake Minnesota Final Determine standard for proposed remedial action.

Sign Record of Decision for residential soil cleanup in Spring 2019.
Tar Creek (Ottawa County) 6 Ottawa County Oklahoma Final Identify and evaluate opportunities for interim milestones and accelerating cleanup.

Develop and institute a short- and long-term strategy with Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Quapaw Tribe to implement institutional controls to protect cleanup and ensure long-term stewardship.
Des Moines TCE (aka Dico Company) 7 Des Moines Iowa Final Complete settlement agreement(s) to support cleanup and redevelopment.
Madison County OU2 (Anschutz Mine) 7 Fredericktown Missouri Final Initiate action for site characterization and removal to support site reuse.
Bonita Peak Mining District 8 San Juan County Colorado Final Issue remediation plan with short- and long-term objectives.
Anaconda Co. Smelter 8 Anaconda Montana Final Complete negotiations for implementation of early actions to address human health exposure, followed by site-wide work.
Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area 8 Butte Montana Final Memorialize Agreement in Principle in a Consent Decree.
Orange County North Basin 9 Fullerton California Proposed Complete public comment process and make final NPL listing decision or reach an agreement in Spring 2019 on an alternative approach to achieve cleanup.
Portland Harbor + 10 Portland Oregon Final Complete settlement agreement(s) to support cleanup.
Quendall Terminal   10 Renton Washington Final Complete the Proposed Plan for OU-1 and issue for public comment in Winter 2018-2019 and sign Record of Decision in Summer 2019.

* Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler is recused from these sites. All decisions, engagement, and involvement at these sites will be made by Associate Deputy Administrator and Chief of Operations Henry Darwin.

+ Peter Wright, Special Counsel to the Administrator, is recused from these sites.In May 2017, EPA established a task force to restore the Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the Agency's core mission to protect health and environment.