In Fiscal Year 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency deleted all or part of 22 Superfund sites from its National Priorities List, representing a 13-year high. A total of 18 sites were deleted and four were partially removed.

This achievement is largely credited to the Superfund Task Force. Established in 2017, the group offers recommendations to improve and expedite site cleanups and encourage redevelopment.

The task force also increased the annual number of sites returned to communities for redevelopment. In total, 51 sites achieved Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use (SWRAU) status during FY 2018, representing a 25% increase from the previous year.

22 Deleted and Partially Removed Superfund Sites

In FY 2018, these 18 sites were deleted from the Superfund’s NPL.

  • C & D Recycling — Foster Township, PA
  • Davenport and Flagstaff Smelters — Sandy, UT
  • Davis Timber Company — Hattiesburg, MS
  • Dorney Road Landfill — Upper Macungie Township, PA
  • Eureka Mills — Eureka, UT
  • Frontier Hard Chrome, Inc. — Vancouver, WA
  • Fulton Terminals — Fulton, NY
  • Hatheway & Patterson — Mansfield, MA
  • Nutting Truck & Caster Co. — Faribault, MN
  • Old Esco Manufacturing — Greenville, TX
  • Old Southington Landfill — Southington, CT
  • Ordnance Works Disposal Areas — Morgantown, WV
  • Reasor Chemical Company — Castle Hayne, NC
  • Recticon/Allied Steel Corp. — East Coventry Township, PA
  • Union Chemical Co., Inc. — South Hope, ME
  • Vancouver Water Station #1 Contamination — Vancouver, WA
  • Vancouver Water Station #4 Contamination — Vancouver, WA
  • Whitehouse Oil Pits — Whitehouse, FL

In FY 2018, these four sites were partially deleted from the Superfund’s NPL.

  • Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant — Fridley, MN
  • Omaha Lead — Omaha, NE
  • Pacific Coast Pipe Lines — Fillmore, CA
  • Peters Cartridge Factory — Kings Mills, OH

About Superfund Sites

Established in 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liberty Act (CERCLA) — informally known as Superfund — was designed to clean up contaminated sites. Additionally, it requires parties responsible for the contamination to perform the cleanup work or reimburse the government for efforts led by the EPA. When no party is deemed responsible, the Superfund gives the EPA the funding and authority to clean up sites.

At present, thousands of contaminated sites are in existence, polluted by the improper management of hazardous waste, such as illicit disposal or being left out in the open. These sites consist of manufacturing facilities, processing plants, and mining sites.

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