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HIGHWAY 71/72 REFINERY
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Staying Informed and Involved
Currently, there are no known potential health concerns at the site. EPA welcomes the opportunity to improve our communication efforts by gaining feedback and suggestions from the public. We are committed to public involvement in the Superfund process and have conducted a public involvement program though out all phases of activities at the Highway 71/72 Refinery Site. We will continue this practice by keeping the public updated with periodic information bulletins, fact sheets, Open Houses, Availability Sessions and public meetings as needed.
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Are there risks at the site now?
Risks and pathways addressed by the cleanup include health risks from people ingesting or touching contaminants in soil and groundwater. The cleanup also addressed health risks from people inhaling contaminants in indoor air.
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Emergency Response and Removal Program
Cleanup has also included removal actions, or short-term cleanups, to address immediate threats to human health and the environment. From 1996 to June 1998, potentially responsible parties (PRPs) removed about 6,630 cubic yards of lead-contaminated soil from the site and disposed of it off site at an approved landfill. In June 1998, an additional 1,228 cubic yards of lead-contaminated surface soil were excavated and disposed of off site. The soil removal action finished in December 1998. An indoor air removal action in 1997 and 1998 addressed the imminent and substantial threats identified in eight occupied dwellings. In addition, PRPs voluntarily began an LNAPL recovery program in early 1997.
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The 215-acre Highway 71/72 Refinery site is located in Bossier City, Louisiana. Between 1923 and 1929, the Louisiana Oil Refining Corporation built a refinery for the production of home heating and fuel oil. In the mid-1950s, parties dismantled, removed and sold the refinery. In the mid-1960s, construction began for a corridor of Interstate Highway 20 (I-20) across the site. Initial construction work uncovered contaminated soil and groundwater, and railroad and waste materials. The site owner began cleanup efforts in 1966. Soon after the initial property cleanup and construction of the I-20 corridor, redevelopment of the site increased. In the mid-1980s, investigations performed by the State and EPA found evidence that the Site was not thoroughly cleaned in the 1960's as had been reported. Removal Actions were completed between 1996 and 1999 for soil and indoor air. Through its Superfund Alternative program, the EPA, the State, the potentially responsible party, and community leaders approached cleanup in a way that accounted for the existing residents and businesses on the site. The PRP completes soil cleanup at no cost to the resident or business if soil sampling or future construction projects uncover buried waste. The PRP will also install mitigation measures if citizen-requested sampling shows unacceptable levels of site contamination has migrated into indoor air. Land and water use restrictions are in place. Today, the site includes single-family homes, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, churches and light industrial establishments. About 3,500 people live within the former refinery area. Construction of a new hotel complex began in 2011. Completed in 2013, the hotel complex includes two national brand hotels, a swimming pool, event space, a restaurant and a courtyard area. The demolition and excavation of a former hotel structure during new construction allowed cleanup crews to access and remove buried waste. In total, about 44 commercial businesses operate on site.
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