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City of Chicago to Pay $220,380 to Settle Superfund Claims by EPA for 76th & Albany Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced in a Federal Register notice that it entered into an administrative agreement with the City of Chicago concerning the 76th & Albany hazardous waste site in Chicago, Illinois.

According to this presentation from the City, the site (now known as the Gateway Park Industrial Complex) “had been the home of a drive-in theater and a flea market after the mid-1900s.  From 1980 to the mid-1990s, 600,000 cubic yards of concrete, asphalt, construction and demolition debris, soil, rubbish, and hazardous automobile shredder residue found their way into the site to form what was considered an environmental disaster.”  The Greater Southwest Development Corporation and the City “dedicated themselves to finding a private partner for the redevelopment of the site.  Gateway Park, LLC, a partnership between Martha Williams of StyleMaster and other investors, together with local and federal agencies, transformed the site into a dynamic industrial park.”

Under the proposed agreement, the City will pay $220,380 to EPA to resolve EPA’s claims against it for response costs incurred by EPA for investigating and performing response actions to mitigate potential imminent and substantial endangerments to human health or the environment presented or threatened by hazardous substances present at the Site.

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