EPA Proposes Adding Two Sites to the National Priorities List to Clean Up Contamination and Protect Communities

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 17:00

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing to add two sites to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) where releases of contamination pose human health and environmental risks. This follows the agency’s May 13 announcement that it has finalized seven additional sites on the NPL.“Proposing to add these sites to the National Priorities List is an important first step toward protecting the health and environment of the affected communities,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Under President Trump, we have elevated our focus on the Superfund program, and we are making tremendous progress accelerating cleanups and returning sites to safe and productive use. In Fiscal Year 2018, EPA deleted all or part of 22 sites from the National Priorities List, the largest number of deletions in one year since Fiscal Year 2005.”The following sites are being proposed for addition to the NPL:

  • Schroud Property in Chicago, Illinois
  • Arsenic Mine in Kent, New York

The NPL includes the nation’s most serious uncontrolled or abandoned releases of contamination.  When EPA proposes to add a site to the NPL, the agency issues a public notice about its intention, so interested members of the community can comment on the proposal. SEE: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-proposes-adding-two-sites-national-priorities-list-clean-contamination-and-protect