Superfund Site Profile
The Hegeler Zinc site is located in Vermilion County, Illinois. This 100-acre area was a zinc smelting facility from 1906 until about 1954. Hegeler Zinc produced various grades of zinc slab and rolled zinc products as well as sulfuric acid. The smelting operation resulted in large amounts of slag (through a burning process), which was stored in piles on the site. The slag material contains unburned residues and metals such as lead, arsenic and zinc. In May 2003, EPA secured the site with fencing. EPA listed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2005. Site investigations are ongoing.