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Milwaukee Solvay Coke & Gas Site

Site Information
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Susan Pastor (pastor.susan@epa.gov)
312-353-1325 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31325

Remedial Project Manager
Nefertiti DiCosmo
(dicosmo.nefertiti@epa.gov)
312-886-6148 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66148

Assistant Regional Counsel
Craig Melodia (melodia.craig@epa.gov)
312-353-8870 or 800-621-8431, ext. 38870

Wisconsin DNR State Project Manager
Margaret Brunette
(margaret.brunette@wisconsin.gov), 414-263-8557

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Bay View Library
2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee, WI

Background

The Solvay Coke & Gas site is located in Milwaukee, Wis. It covers about 46 acres in a primarily industrial and commercial area north of the Kinnickinnic River and west of the Lincoln Memorial Harbor. The site is bordered to the north by East Greenfield Avenue, to the northeast by railroad tracks and a coal storage area, to the east and south by the Kinnickinnic River, and to the west by more railroad tracks.

Various industrial activities occurred on different lots on the property maybe as early as 1866. A manufactured coke and gas facility located on the northern portion was operated by various entities until around 1983. Wisconsin Wrecking operated a scrap and salvage operation on the northern portion until January 2003. Most of the major coke and gas manufacturing buildings on the northern half of the site were demolished in 2003 when EPA oversaw a hazardous waste removal.

This is what was removed and shipped off site for proper disposal:

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) is one way the community can get involved. Learn more about CAGs

Site Updates || Technical Documents || Legal Agreements


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Site Updates

February 2014

EPA continues to oversee the site’s investigation. In 2012 and 2013, the companies determined to be responsible for the contamination collected groundwater, sediment, and soil samples to get a more precise idea of the environmental problems at Solvay. When enough information about the site is gathered, they will use it to complete a document called a remedial investigation report.  When EPA deems the report "final" this fall, it will be available to the public.  Next year, the companies will submit another document for EPA’s review and approval called a feasibility study.  This study will compare different cleanup options for the site.

The companies doing the work include:

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