JACOBSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD SOIL CONTAMINATION
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- Sampling and Monitoring
- Operable Units (opens new page)
- Cleanup Progress (opens new page)
The Jacobsville Neighborhood Soil Contamination site includes the Jacobsville neighborhood as well as 12 other neighborhoods in Evansville, Indiana. It covers a 4.5-square-mile area. The area includes residential, commercial and industrial properties; the Superfund cleanup will address residential properties only. Part of the Jacobsville neighborhood was formerly occupied by several manufacturing companies that date back to the 1880s. Lead has contaminated a wide area of soil. Some soil is also contaminated with arsenic. Site cleanup is ongoing.
EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2004. The first phase of the cleanup began in 2007. Subsequent cleanup phases have taken place in 2008 and 2010-2017. The combined cleanups from 2007 to date have resulted in the removal of lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil from over 2,000 residential properties in Evansville.
EPA is continuing cleanup work and is planning additional cleanup efforts for 2017 to 2020. EPA estimates that a total of 4,000 residential properties will require cleanup.
Sampling and Monitoring
During cleanup, a site can be divided into a number of distinct areas depending on its complexity. These areas, called operable units (OUs), may address geographic areas, specific problems, or areas where a specific action is required. Examples of typical operable units include construction of a groundwater pump and treatment system or construction of a cap over a landfill.