New Map Shows Cleanup Progress

Black Leaf Removal PropertiesA new aerial map showing cleanup progress in the Park Hill neighborhood of Louisville, Ky., is now available. To date, nine residential properties have been excavated and backfilled with clean soil and most of those have new sod or seed.

Check out the new cleanup progress map here.

“We are receiving positive comments from residents on the completed yards,” said Superfund Federal Section Supervisor Sheri Adkins, P.G. “Residents want their yards cleaned up and we are all working together to make that happen.”

The state and U.S. EPA are replacing soil and sod in 57 yards as an important step in reducing residents’ exposure to contamination. These yards border a superfund site, the former Black Leaf Chemical property.

With residential cleanups on the 1500 block of Wilson Avenue nearing completion, KDEP and EPA are restoring fences and beginning work on Wilson’s 1600 block this week.

Adkins says the environmental cleanup is progressing nicely, despite some cases of vandalism and theft.  The extensive prep work –cleaning out fence rows, removing limbs that would be dangerous to workers, and removing other debris from the yards – is also adding extra time and expense to the cleanup.

An information center continues to be set up in the Park Hill neighborhood at 17th and Wilson Avenue Monday through Friday (weather permitting). New operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents can stop by with questions, pick up printed materials, and owners can even still sign access agreements there.

Current information is also posted here, on KDEP’s blog, Naturally Connected.

For additional information, contact Kentucky Division of Waste Management staff Tim Hubbard or Sheri Adkins at 502‐564‐6716. For properties being cleaned up by EPA, contact Art Smith, EPA on-scene coordinator, at 502‐582‐5161.

Read all KDEP posts related to the Black Leaf cleanup here.