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CAPITOL CITY PLUME
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- Staying Informed and Involved
- Are there risks at the site now?
- Sampling and Monitoring Information
- Community Resources
- Redevelopment Activity
Staying Informed and Involved
The EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices, interviews and information meetings. Site Repository: Main Branch Library 245 High St. Montgomery, AL 36104
Are there risks at the site now?
Site investigations found contamination in groundwater, sediment, soil and surface water that could potentially harm people in the area. Soil sampling showed contamination below levels that would pose an unacceptable risk to people and the environment. Additionally, EPA conducted vapor intrusion sampling activities to make sure air quality at the site does not pose an unacceptable to human health and the environment.
Sampling and Monitoring Information
The EPA conducted vapor intrusion sampling activities to make sure air quality at the site did not pose an unacceptable to human health and the environment. ADEM is requiring Site PRPs to sample soils and groundwater to complete a remedial investigation.
The Capitol City Plume Superfund site is located in Montgomery, Alabama. The site includes a large area of soil and groundwater contamination near the City of Montgomery’s public water supply well field. EPA proposed the site for listing on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2000. Primary site contaminants include chemicals commonly used in dry cleaning and machine part cleaning. The City is working closely with EPA to assess the groundwater contamination and develop a cleanup plan. Cleanup activities completed to date include removal of contaminated soil and groundwater monitoring. In 2010, the City planted 2 acres of poplar trees. These trees take up and break down contaminants from shallow groundwater. The City used EPA pilot funds to investigate reuse options and coordinate with EPA on the site’s future land use. The City is also in the process of integrating the site’s reuse plan with the City’s master plan for riverfront development. Riverfront redevelopment has already helped transform a mismatched assortment of commercial and open space uses into the downtown’s new Riverfront Amphitheater and Conference Complex. Downtown Montgomery remains open for business during the site’s groundwater cleanup. Land uses include retail districts, neighborhoods, parks, offices and industrial areas. The revitalization of Montgomery’s downtown is a major community priority. Referred to as the “heart of the city,” recent Montgomery redevelopment projects include the Montgomery Biscuits minor league baseball stadium, retail centers, downtown apartments and restaurants. Much of the site area above ground remains in continued use.