Superfund Site: WHITEWOOD CREEK
WHITEWOOD, SD

Superfund Site Profile

A five-year review is expected to be completed by September 2017 to evaluate whether the remedies selected in the Record of Decision (ROD) remain protective of human health and the environment.

SITE BACKGROUND

The Whitewood Creek site covers an 18-mile stretch of Whitewood Creek in Lawrence, Meade and Butte counties in South Dakota. Since the 1870s, gold mining operations in the area included the discharge of millions of tons of mine tailings into the creek. These mine tailings settled along the Whitewood Creek floodplain, contaminating soil, groundwater and surface water with heavy metals. Following cleanup, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1996.