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Hegeler Zinc Superfund Site

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Teresa Jones(jones.teresa@epa.gov)
312-886-0725 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60725

Remedial Project Manager
Colleen Moynihan moynihan.colleen@epa.gov
312-353-8196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 38196


(where to view written records)

Danville Public Library
Archives/Reference Department
319 N. Vermhegeler_f2ilion St.
Danville, IL

Westville Public Library
Reference Department
233 S. Street St.
Westville, IL


This 100-acre site was a zinc smelting facility from 1906 until approximately 1954. It is located west of the village of Hegeler, which is south of Danville, Illinois. It is in a rural area, bordered by farmland on the west and the north.

Hegeler Zinc produced various grades of zinc slab and rolled zinc products as well as sulfuric acid. The smelting operation resulted in large amounts of slag (through a burning process), which was stored in piles on the site. The slag material contains unburned residues and metals such as lead, arsenic and zinc.

In May 2003, EPA secured the site with a fence to protect trespassers from contamination at the request of the Illinois EPA.

In 2004, Illinois EPA nominated the site to the National Priorities List (NPL).

In April 2005, the Hegeler Zinc site officially became an NPL site, listed in the Federal Register.

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Site Updates

July 2014

EPA is proposing a cleanup plan to remove contaminated soil from the residential area near the Hegeler Zinc Superfund site. EPA encourages you to attend the open house and public meeting, Thursday, July 24, to find out more information about the cleanup options. The Agency is accepting comments from the public July 9 thru August 8. EPA invites you to comment on the proposed cleanup plan online.

January 2013

During the week of January 7th, 2013 EPA will install 3 mid-depth groundwater monitoring wells adjacent to the Hegeler Zinc Superfund Site. The following week, all thirteen existing mid-depth groundwater monitoring wells offsite and onsite will be sampled for metals and water level measurements collected.  The groundwater sampling will help EPA better understand the direction of the groundwater flow and the nature and extent of metals contamination.

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