The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on September 1 that it is adding six sites to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) where there is soil or groundwater contamination. The EPA is also proposing to add another four sites to the NPL while removing one previously proposed site that was never finalized.
The following sites being added to the NPL are:
- Blades Groundwater Plume in Blades, Delaware
- Clearwater Finishing in Clearwater, South Carolina
- Highway 100 and County Rd. 3 Groundwater Plume in St. Louis Park and Edina, Minnesota
- Henryetta Iron and Metal in Henryetta, Oklahoma
- Caney Residential Yards in Caney, Kansas
- Orange County North Basin in Orange County, California.
Before being added to the NPL, a site must meet the listing requirements and be proposed for addition to the list in the Federal Register, subject to a 60-day public comment period. The site will be added to the NPL if it continues to meet the listing requirements after the public comment period closes and the agency has responded to any comments received.
The following sites are being proposed to be added to the NPL:
- Pioneer Metal Finishing Inc. in Franklinville, New Jersey
- Northwest Odessa Groundwater in Odessa, Texas
- Cherokee Zinc — Weir Smelter in Wier, Kansas
- Billings PCE in Billings, Montana.
The EPA is also withdrawing a previous proposal to add the Capitol City Plume (also referred to as Capital City Plume) site in Montgomery, Alabama, to the NPL because clean-up work is progressing under the state’s authority.
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