News Releases from Region 05
EPA resumes cleanup at the Jacobsville Superfund site in Evansville, Indiana
For Immediate Release: No. 16-OPA066
CHICAGO (June 26, 2017) —U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resumed soil cleanup last week at residential properties on the Jacobsville Superfund site in Evansville. Workers will remove arsenic- and lead-contaminated dirt in the yards and gardens of about 300 properties. Since cleanup began in 2007, contaminated soil has been removed from than 2,000 residential properties and recreational areas. EPA estimates that another 2,000 properties require cleanup.
EPA added this site to Superfund’s National Priorities List in 2004. The agency continues to work closely with local government and community groups to expedite cleanup and help revitalize Evansville neighborhoods affected by the contamination.
“I am determined to prioritize Superfund cleanups which are a core part of our mission,” said U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “I am confident that with a renewed sense of urgency, leadership and fresh ideas, the Superfund program can reach its full potential of returning formerly contaminated sites to communities for their beneficial use.”
For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/jacobsville-neighborhood-soil.