EPA Removes Alabama Site from Superfund National Priorities List

A polluted environmentThe Perdido Groundwater Contamination Site in Alabama no longer exists in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of the most polluted places in the US.

The EPA decided to remove the site from its Superfund National Priorities List, after announcing that there is no need for further clean-up efforts.

Crisis Management

Training for hazmat response in Utah formed part of broader contingency efforts by local law enforcement, EMS, and hospital systems. The drills aim to determine the capability of the state to handle risks from natural disasters or human-made hazards.

The mass-casualty training drill took place in Salt Lake City. Jason Nicholl of the South Salt Lake Fire Department said that the drill has been on the drawing board for at least six months. Aside from a hazmat situation, it took into account other factors such as a bombing situation or a shooting incident.

Chemical-Free

The site had been on the list since 1983 due to a chemical spill caused by a train accident, which led to groundwater contamination. The accident occurred in May 1965, when around 7,600 gallons of benzene leaked from one of the rail cars. It was only until 1981 that residents noticed a different taste and smell to their potable water, which explained the gap in declaring the site as a polluted area.

In the last five years, the EPA’s progress reports show that groundwater at the site contains benzene less than five micrograms per liter of water. This proved enough to remove the site from the Superfund list. Meanwhile, other states are preparing how to respond in the event of biohazard threats or natural disasters.

The public and private sectors in Alabama, Utah or any other state should have a clear understanding of the risks of a hazmat situation. What is your state’s contingency plan for a chemical spill?