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As we continue to adjust to the evolving COVID-19 situation, EPA is taking the necessary steps to ensure that decisions about ongoing cleanup activities at Superfund sites are made with the health and safety of communities and EPA staff and contractors as the priority. Decisions are being made on a case-by-case basis working closely with our local and state partners to evaluate options for continuing site work or securing sites, especially in areas where local health declarations are in effect.

In response to COVID-19 guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, on March 18, 2020 the PRP Yeoman Creek Remediation Group directed their contractor, Hard Hat Services, to cease any visits into the Terrace Nursing Home (TNH) – which is adjacent to the Yeoman Creek Landfill site – for inspections and monitoring until further notice.

The following specific work inside TNH is currently not being performed:

  • Monthly landfill gas monitoring of methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2), oxygen gas (O2) and pressures at six pressure taps (PT-1 through PT-6) located in offices, the laundry area, and in storage areas of TNH’s basement.
  • Periodic visual inspections of the basement’s protective floor seal.

It is important to note, however, that continuous methane detectors installed in the TNH basement are not affected. Any alarms are remotely monitored and are automatically communicated to the local fire department. Monitoring of landfill gas probes both outside TNH and on TNH property also continue.

This partial suspension of work is a temporary measure as we adjust to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. We will periodically reassess this decision and are prepared to continue work as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience regarding this matter.

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Community Advisory Group

The Waukegan Harbor Citizens’ Advisory Group (CAG) Exit was formed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Exit in 1990 to assume a leadership role in developing a remedial action plan for the Waukegan Harbor Area of Concern. The harbor at one time had the largest known concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and PCB-contaminated sediments.

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Community Resources

U.S. EPA - Community Involvement Plan for City of Waukegan Sites (PDF) (88pp, 7MB, About PDF)

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