Site Characterization at Iowa-Nebraska Light & Power Superfund Site, Norfolk, Nebraska
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has confirmed the presence of coal tar contamination at the Iowa-Nebraska Light & Power Superfund Site in Norfolk, Nebraska. The site is located at 701 Norfolk Avenue in downtown Norfolk, Nebraska. It lies west of 7th Street between Norfolk and Madison Avenue, and includes the alley running east-west between 7th and 8th Streets.
The Norfolk Light & Fuel Company began acquiring the property that housed the manufactured gas plant in September 1902 and began operating a gasoline plant in 1903. Both gasoline and manufactured gas plants operated between 1907 and 1909. The gas plant changed ownership many times through the years and operated as a gas plant until 1948.
An initial investigation of contamination was conducted at the site in 1992. EPA conducted an Expanded Site Investigation in 2001. Soil and ground water testing was completed to determine the extent of soil and ground water contamination at the site.
EPA will oversee additional assessment activities at the end of November 2007. The assessment will define the extent and depth of the contamination at the Former Manufacturing Gas Plant. The additional information will be used to develop cleanup alternatives.
A work plan has been prepared to define the scope of work and schedule for developing an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA). The objectives of the EE/CA are to fully define the extent of manufactured gas plant related contamination at the site, to conduct a risk assessment which determines the impact to human health and the environment, and to identify and evaluate removal options.
An Administrative Record has been established for public review regarding
activities surrounding the site. The Administrative Record is available during normal business hours at the following location:
Norfolk Public Library
308 Prospect Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701
If you have questions or need additional information, contact:
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Public Affairs
901 N. Fifth Street
Kansas City, KS 66101