EPA Adds 7 Sites to General Superfund List, Removes 1

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as amended, requires that the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) include a list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States. The National Priorities List (NPL) constitutes this list. The NPL is intended primarily to guide EPA in determining which sites warrant further investigation. These further investigations allow EPA to assess the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks associated with the site and to determine what CERCLA-financed remedial action(s), if any, may be appropriate. This rule adds seven sites to the General Superfund Section of the NPL.

As published in the Sept. 19 Federal Register, the seven sites added to the NPL, effective Oct. 19, are: Halaco Engineering Co. in Oxnard, Calif.; Eagle Zinc Co. Div. TL Diamond in Hillsboro, Ill.; South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination in Minneapolis; Standard Chlorine in Kearny, N.J.; Eagle Picher Carefree Battery in Socorro, N.M.; Formosa Mine in Douglas County, Ore.; and Five Points PCE Plume in Woods Cross and Bountiful, Wash.

Meanwhile, as published in the Sept. 18 Federal Register and effective the same day, the Grand Street Mercury site in Hoboken, N.J. was deleted from the NPL. The EPA Region II office announced the deletion, saying the agency and the State of New Jersey, through the Department of Environmental Protection had determined that all appropriate response actions had been implemented and no further response actions were required. Remedial action taken at the site is protective of public health, welfare, and the environment, the agency said.

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