JACOBSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD SOIL CONTAMINATION
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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.
What Is the Current Site Status?
In 2018, EPA will continue to collect soil samples from residential properties to identify areas need to be cleaned up. The next areas that will be sampled will be south of the Lloyd Expressway and will be primarily in the Wheeler, Culver and Tepe Park neighborhoods.
Before taking soil samples from a property, EPA needs to have written permission from the owner. Permission can be granted by filling a form—called access agreement—and mailing it back to EPA. The form and a letter requesting owner permission will be mailed to property owners within the targeted areas this year.
Excavations of properties with high levels of lead in soil will also resume this year.