The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added 15 hazardous waste locations to its list of Superfund sites.
The agency also is proposing the addition of 11 more sites to the list.
The 15 sites the EPA added to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund locations are:
- Blue Ledge mine (abandoned), Siskiyou National Forest, Calif.;
- New Idria Mercury mine (abandoned) in Idria, Calif.;
- Armstrong World Industries (ceiling tile manufacturer), Macon, Ga.;
- Sandoval Zinc Co. (former zinc smelter), Sandoval, Ill.;
- Gary Development landfill (former landfill), Gary, Ind.;
- Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. (former pressure-treated railroad products manufacturer), in Columbus, Miss.;
- Red Panther Chemical Co. (former pesticides formulation plant) in Clarksdale, Miss.;
- Horton Iron and Metal (former fertilizer manufacturer and metal salvage) in Wilmington, N.C.;
- Garfield ground water contamination (contaminated ground water plume), Garfield, N.J.;
- Chevron Questa mine (molybdenum mine), Questa, N.M.; and
- New Cassel/Hicksville ground water contamination (contaminated ground water plume) in Hicksville, Hempstead, and North Hempstead, N.Y.
Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.
The EPA said in a press release that there are now 1,302 sites on the NPL and 62 sites, including the 11 latest , that are on the proposed list awaiting agency action.