Thomas Robinson | June 16th, 2020
The EPA has released their annual accomplishment report for fiscal year 2019 and Iowa has two sites mentioned in the report.
The Superfund Annual Accomplishment Report summarizes the work the EPA has done to clean up contaminated sites on the National Priorities List (NPL). The report also details the efforts being taken to improve the Superfund program based on recommendations made by the Superfund Task Force. In FY 2019, the EPA fully deleted 12 sites and partially deleted 15 sites across the country. There were 6 less deleted sites and 11 more partially deleted sites in 2019 over 2018.
Iowa saw two Superfund sites deleted from the NPL in 2019, one completely deleted, and the other only partially deleted. The Electro Coating Inc. site in Cedar Rapids was deleted, making it the first Superfund site in Iowa to be closed since 2005, while the Shaw Avenue Dump site in Charles City was partially closed. A partial closure means that some portions of the site still require clean up, while other portions are no longer a hazard to human health.
Superfund is the informal name for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) passed in 1980. CERCLA allows the EPA to clean up contaminated sites across the country and to engage those responsible for the contamination. Since CERCLA was passed, 424 sites have been removed from the list out of 1335 sites total.