3-26-12: The Sauer Dump Superfund Site

March 26, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The Sauer Dump site has recently been declared a Superfund site. But what does that mean for how it gets cleaned up? We talk with Linda Dietz, the EPA Branch Chief for Superfund Sites in Maryland and western Pennsylvania, about the site and how it’s going to get cleaned up.
Baltimore Gas and Electric is one of the parties considered responsible for the contamination. They opposed declaring the site a Superfund area, the following is what they told us when we asked why.
 BGE is committed to environmental stewardship and has very comprehensive plans and processes in place to ensure the company operates in an environmentally responsible manner.
BGE is aware that the EPA has conducted investigations at the property in the past and has fully cooperated with the EPA’s information requests about the site.
We aslo asked the Maryland Department of the Environment to join our conversation, they declined and sent us this statement:

The addition of the Sauer Dump property to the National Priorities List is good news because it represents an important step forward in getting the site cleaned up. Maryland has been working for many years to assess the extent of legacy pollution at this pre-regulation dumping site. It became clear that the cleanup costs would be beyond what the state could bear. Now that the property is a Superfund site, federal resources can be used for the cleanup. The Maryland Department of the Environment looks forward to continuing to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toward everyone’s shared goal of seeing this property cleaned up. Moreover, MDE remains committed to protecting public health and the environment from the effects of historically contaminated sites — and to encouraging redevelopment of these properties when practical.

MDE has been heavily involved in helping property owners and prospective purchasers redevelop contaminated or potentially contaminated land. The Department’s Voluntary Cleanup Program has received more than 700 applications. As a result of that program’s efforts, MDE has issued 275 determinations that no further cleanup is required and 119 certifications that cleanup has been completed. Many of these projects have resulted in community reinvestment that has benefitted all Marylanders. Examples include: the American Can Company in Canton, which houses DAP, Inc.’s headquarters; the former Proctor and Gamble facility in Baltimore, where Under Armour is located; and the Annapolis Towne Centre in Parole These projects demonstrate the economic benefits of brownfield redevelopment. And while these are showcase projects, brownfield redevelopment throughout Maryland has resulted in substantial economic, environmental and community benefits for everyone.

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