EPA Deleted Superfund Sites at the Fastest Clip in 18 Years in FY 2019
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 the agency deleted all or part of 27 sites from Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL), which is 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.
“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 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.
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.
The 12 sites EPA completely deleted from the NPL are:
- Buckeye Reclamation in St. Clairsville, Ohio
- Duell & Gardner Landfill in Dalton Township, Michigan
- Electro-Coatings, Inc in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal in Ellenville, New York
- Intel Corp. (Santa Clara III) in Santa Clara, California
- Intermountain Waste Oil Refinery in Bountiful, Utah
- MGM Brakes in Cloverdale, California
- Mystery Bridge Rd/U.S. Highway 20 in Evansville, Wyoming
- Peter Cooper in Gowanda, New York
- Strasburg Landfill in Newlin Township, Pennsylvania
- Tennessee Products in Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Tomah Armory in Tomah, Wisconsin
The 15 sites EPA partially deleted are:
- Beckman Instruments (Porterville Plant) in Portville, California
- Beloit Corp. in Rockton, Illinois
- Cleburn Street Well in Grand Island, Nebraska
- Escambia Wood in Pensacola, Florida
- Libby Asbestos in Libby, Montana
- Novak Sanitary Landfill in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania
- Omaha Lead in Omaha, Nebraska
- Robintech, Inc./National Pipe Co. in Vestal, New York
- Shaw Avenue Dump in Charles City, Iowa
- South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- South Valley in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- South Weymouth Naval Air Station in Weymouth, Massachusetts
- Townsend Saw Chain Co. in Pontiac, South Carolina
- Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in New Brighton, Minnesota
- Vasquez Boulevard and I-70 in Denver, Colorado
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, go to: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/search-superfund-sites-where-you-live
A Redfield is real property with known environmental contaminants or conditions that the owner, the government or a reliable third party have determined is in need of remediation as a prerequisite to future development to mitigate potential human health risks or to comply with environmental laws—and specifically the 9 exclusion in the brownfield law, including Superfund sites list on the National Priorities List. Unlike a Brownfield, there is no doubt about whether a Redfield requires remediation.