EPA CLEANING UP NEW ENGLAND Bryan Olson Chief, Superfund Remedial Cleanup Program Office of Site Remediation & Restoration US EPA – REGION 1 ACEC-NH Environmental Breakfast January 15, 2014 EPA Administrator’s Priorities • • • • • • • Making a Visible Difference in Communities across the Country Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality Taking Action on Toxics and Chemical Safety Protecting Water: A Precious, Limited Resource Launching a New Era of State, Tribal and Local Partnerships Embracing EPA as a High Performing Organization Working Toward a Sustainable Future EPA R1 Cleanup Programs Brownfields and Land Revitalization Emergency Response and Removal RCRA Corrective Action Underground Storage Tank Program Superfund Remedial Cleanups Former Lawrence Metals, Chelsea, MA Brownfields & Land Revitalization • New England has robust State and EPA Brownfields and Superfund Redevelopment Programs • Contributing factors • EPA-NE commitment to operating a “customer-focused “ Brownfields Program • Strong EPA and State partnerships • Well-developed state voluntary cleanup programs • High property values, limited available space, and large number of sites due to early industrial heritage Source: Evaluation of the Brownfields Program, EPA, 2012 Brownfields & Land Revitalization • All New England states have benefited significantly from EPA Brownfields funding • Brownfields helps to leverage public and private resources • Approximately $1.7 billion of investment leveraged to date at EPA-supported Brownfields sites in New England (as reported by grantees) • Example: Former Essex Mill Property • Superfund NPL Site Redevelopment Emergency Response and Removals Program • Evaluate approximately 800 oil and chemical • • • • EPA Command Tent release notifications per year. Respond to about 24 spills or ESF10 activations per year, average about 4 FTE. Conduct 12 removals, about $8-9M per year, leveraging an additional ~ $4M of partnering agency cleanup funds or in-kind services. Perform oil facility plan reviews and inspections [Facility Response Plans (FRP) and Spill (SPCC) plans]. Perform Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GUIEs) in accordance with the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP). Examples of Recent Removal Activity in NH • Strontium 90 (Wolfeboro) Removed strontium contaminated soil. (FY13) • Granite State Plating (Rochester) Plating chemicals in a box truck and building removed. (FY12) • UNH Campus Ministry (Durham) Naturally-occurring anthrax released from African drums. (FY10) Granite State Plating (plating waste) Superfund Progress in New England 87% of New England Superfund Sites have cleanup underway or have been completed. The Superfund program has spent over $2 billion on New England NPL sites. EPA has spent over $364 million on non-NPL sites in New England. Responsible Party contributions to site investigation and cleanup in New England exceed $3.3 billion. NPL Pipeline in New England Recent additions to the NPL • Collins & Aikman, Farmington, NH (December 2013) • Creese & Cooke, Danvers, MA (May 2013) • Walton & Lonsbury, Attleboro, MA (May 2013) • Leeds Metals, Leeds, ME (September 2012) Currently proposed to the NPL • Keddy Mills, Windham, ME (December 2013) Future sites • Additional sites in Region 1 will be considered for future inclusion. New Hampshire NPL Sites Overview • 22 Final or Proposed NPL sites in New Hampshire • 86% of NH’s 22 Superfund sites have cleanup underway or have been completed. • ~1/2 of the NPL sites are Fund/State lead and ~1/2 are PRP lead • State of NH has full O&M/financial responsibility at ~ 5 sites • Expect to propose delisting the first NH site this year (Town Garage in Londonderry) • Pease Air Force Base- a cleanup and redevelopment success story Beede Waste Oil, Plaistow, NH New Hampshire NPL Site Activity • Significant remedial design and construction work ongoing Beede Waste Oil (Plaistow) South Municipal Well (Peterborough) • Waterline construction completed Beede Waste Oil (Plaistow) Mottolo Pig Farm (Raymond) • Upcoming RODs Chlor-Alkali (Berlin) Savage Municipal Water Supply Well (Milford) • Significant Community Involvement Areas of Focus • Groundwater restoration • 5 year review process changes • Renewable Energy and Greener Remediation • Emerging contaminants • Institutional Controls • Climate Change/Adaptation Planning Budget ?