Peoples Gas Crawford Station
- Chicago, IL (Cook County)
- EPA ID# ILN000510192
- Superfund Site Progress Profile
- Alias(es): N/A
Community Involvement Coordinator
Heriberto León (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-886-6163 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66163
Remedial Project Manager
Ross Delrosario (email@example.com)
312-886-6195, or 800-621-8431, ext. 66195
(where to view written records)
Chicago Public Library
2708 S. Pulaski Rd.
EPA Records Center
77 W. Jackson Blvd., 7th Fl.
Type of site
Peoples Energy approached EPA in 2007 to address 13 former manufactured gas plants in Illinois under EPA’s Superfund Alternative Sites program. The SAS Program takes sites that might otherwise be eligible for the National Priorities List but which will be investigated and cleaned up by a cooperative responsible party, without formally listing the site on the NPL. The Crawford Station site is one of those 13 sites.
- 3500 South Pulaski Rd. in Chicago, Ill.
- The site is bounded on the south by the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, on the north by the Chicago and Illinois Western Railroad, on the west by the Chicago and Western Indiana Belt Line Railroad, and to the east by Pulaski Rd. (formerly Crawford Ave.).
- The site is currently divided into 21 parcels with various owners.
In 1921, the Koppers Company of Pittsburgh and Peoples Gas entered into an agreement: Koppers built, financed and operated a by-product coke plant at the Crawford Station. Peoples Gas bought the gas and coke manufactured by the Koppers Company for distribution to its consumers. In 1928, Peoples Gas acquired the facility.
The site was Peoples’ largest facility in the early years of the 20th century. Production was halted temporarily between 1958 and 1962 and permanently after 1963. The station was retired in 1965. Peoples Gas sold 146 acres of the property to First American Realty Company in 1966.
Contamination at the site includes:
- volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Impact to soil on the site is described as tar.
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Removal of contaminated soil/debris at certain parcels of the site continues and is expected to last until the end of the year. Over 800,000 tons of contaminated material have been excavated and disposed of off-site as of March 2014. Concurrent with the removal action, the responsible party (Integrys) is in the initial stage of conducting remedial investigation (RI) field work at the site. Because of the size of the Crawford site, the field work is being divided into three phases, with the last phase scheduled for completion by 2017. A draft RI report is expected by late 2017 or 2018.
A significant portion of site contaminants has been removed as of January 2013—approximately 350,000 tons, but more contaminant removal work is planned. Specifically, cleanup work on another section of the site, Parcel L, has started as of the beginning of 2013 and will continue through the summer of 2014.
Contractors for Peoples Gas are now cleaning up part of the Crawford Station site as the result of a legal agreement with EPA called an AOC (available below under Legal Documents). The cleanup is being conducted under EPA's removal program at several parcels comprising approximately 13.7 acres of of the Crawford Station site. It is estimated that as much as 150,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and other material will be removed when the project is completed.
- Good Progress Made at Polluted Gas Sites (PDF) (2 pp, 709 K) March 2013
- Se logra progreso en sitios de gas contaminados (PDF) (2 pp, 692 K) marzo 2013
- Weekly Field Progress Report on Parcel L - March 9-15, 2014 (PDF) (3 pp, 206 K) March 24, 2014
- Weekly Field Progress Report on Parcel L - March 2-8, 2014 (PDF) (3 pp, 366 K) March 17, 2014
- Weekly Field Progress Report on Parcel L - Feb. 23 - March 1, 2014 (PDF) (3 pp, 351 K) March 17, 2014
- Weekly Field Progress Report - February 2 - 8, 2014 (PDF) (8 pp, 343 K)
- January 2014 Monthly Progress Report (PDF) (20 pp, 214 K)
- December 2013 Monthly Progress Report (PDF) (18 pp, 143 K)
- Weekly Field Progress Report (PDF) (8 pp, 430 K) September 2013
- Administrative Settlement Agreement & Order on Consent for Remedial Investigation & Feasibility Studies (PDF) (100 pp, 11MB) November 2008
- Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (17 pp, 441 K) April 2008
- Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Removal Action (AOC) (PDF) (79 pp, 4.41MB) September 2011