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EPA removes Buckeye Reclamation Landfill site from Superfund National Priorities List

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed the Buckeye Reclamation Landfill Superfund site from the National Priorities List (NPL). Cleanup is complete at the Superfund site.

“EPA is making good on its commitment to pick up the pace of Superfund cleanups so the sites can be restored to productive use,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp. “Promoting redevelopment is part of EPA’s core mission and helps spur the local economy in communities near Superfund sites.”

Under the Trump Administration, EPA’s Superfund programme has reemerged as a priority to fulfil and strengthen the agency’s core mission of protecting human health and the environment. In FY 2018, EPA deleted all or part of 22 sites from the Superfund’s NPL, the largest number of deletions in a single year since FY 2005 and a significant increase over the past few years.

Deep underground coal mining occurred near the site until the early 1950s, and a landfill operated onsite from 1971 - 1991. The landfill was used for the disposal of industrial waste including sludge and liquids as well as municipal waste. The cleanup involved installing a solid cap over the landfill and building a wetland to treat the liquid that drains from the landfill.

EPA proposed the deletion on 31 July 2019, and held a 30 day comment period.

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