National and regional EPA officials, along with state and local leaders announced EPA’s proposed deletion of 1,154 properties from the National Priorities List at the Omaha Lead Superfund Site.
It is the first official signal of completed cleanup for part of the nation’s largest residential lead remediation site.
“Today’s action is a significant milestone, the first in what will be a series of similar actions by EPA in the coming years to conclude our work at this site,” EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said. “This step in the Superfund process begins the culmination of nearly 15 years of cooperation by EPA, contractors, the City of Omaha, Douglas County, the State of Nebraska, neighborhood organizations and local residents, to clean up toxic lead from this community.”
EPA’s Omaha mission dates back to 1998, when the Omaha City Council solicited the Agency’s assistance in addressing problems with lead contamination in area soils.
The following year, EPA began working in Omaha to identify and remove lead from residential properties, as well as public parks, playgrounds, and child care facilities.
In 2003, the Omaha Lead Site was placed on the NPL, designating it as one of the nation’s most serious hazardous waste sites.