EPA removes Rockton site from priorities list

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ROCKTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed a 20-acre area of the former Beloit Corp. superfund site in Rockton from the National Priorities List (NPL).

Cleanup has been completed at the former research center portion of the now-shuttered machine manufacturing site at 1155 Prairie Hill Road.

Since 2017, the EPA has removed 18 NPL sites from its registry, according to EPA data.

"U.S. EPA is making good on its commitment to pick up the pace of Superfund cleanups so the sites can be restored to productive use," said EPA Regional Administrator Cathy Stepp in a news release. "Promoting redevelopment is part of U.S. EPA's core mission and helps spur the local economy in communities near Superfund sites."

From 1957 to 1999, Beloit Corp. manufactured paper-making equipment and operated research at the property. Manufacturing activities at the site contaminated soil and area groundwater. The site was placed on the NPL in 1990.

Beloit Corp. installed a groundwater pump-and-treat system in the manufacturing area of the site in 1996. Illinois EPA has been operating the treatment system since 2002. In 2008, U.S. EPA and IEPA expanded the groundwater pump-and treat-system, according to the news release.

Federal EPA authorities will work with the Illinois EPA (IEPA) to prohibit any future residential use or new water wells at the site.

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