Next Steps in Louisville Superfund Cleanup

Crews continue excavation work in the Park Hill neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. Photo by Cody Munday
Crews continue excavation work in the Park Hill neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. Photo by Cody Munday

In what is known as the largest residential superfund cleanup in Kentucky’s history, state and federal agencies are nearly finished with replacing soil and sod in 68 residential yards in Louisville, Ky. These properties border a superfund site, the former Black Leaf Chemical property.

Since the residential cleanup activities began, access agreements have been received for 68 of 76 properties. At this time, 66 out of the 68 properties have been excavated and backfilled with clean soil with 10 of these still needing sod. Two properties on St. Louis Avenue remain to be addressed. Continue reading “Next Steps in Louisville Superfund Cleanup”

Work Continues in Neighborhood Superfund Cleanup

Due to recent rainfall, swamp mats must be used by crews to access wet yards with heavy equipment and continue cleanup work. Photo: Virginia Lewis.
Due to recent rainfall, swamp mats must be used by crews to access wet yards with heavy equipment and continue cleanup work. Photo: Virginia Lewis.

Despite freezing temperatures, heavy rainfall, and soaked ground, the crews continue cleanup work in the Park Hill neighborhood in Louisville, Ky.

Since the cleanup began on Aug. 19, 54 residential properties have been excavated and backfilled with clean soil and almost all have new sod or seed. More access agreements have been received, bringing the total number of properties allowing cleanup to 68. Continue reading “Work Continues in Neighborhood Superfund Cleanup”

Positive Words on Cleanup Progress

Cleanup
Photo by Cheryl Harris

In the largest residential superfund cleanup in Kentucky’s history, the Park Hill neighborhood in Louisville, Ky., is seeing progress. One reason this monumental cleanup is so unique is because it’s taking place in people’s back yards – literally.

To date, 22 residential properties have been excavated and backfilled with clean soil and almost all have new sod or seed. Five new access agreements were received this week, bringing the total number of properties allowing cleanup to 65. Continue reading “Positive Words on Cleanup Progress”

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.

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Cleanup Progress in Park Hill

This is one of three yards that have already been
cleaned up in Park Hill.
Photo: Virginia Lewis

Ten days into the state’s largest residential cleanup, the first three yards have been completed in Park Hill.

This yard is clean, new and safe – with the first top 1-foot of soil having been removed and replaced with clean dirt and grass. Like several of its neighbors, it’s being cleaned up by the state and U.S. EPA because it borders the former Black Leaf Chemical property in Louisville, Ky. This is an important step in reducing residents’ exposure to contamination from the site. Continue reading “Cleanup Progress in Park Hill”

More Park Hill Residents Saying “Yes” to Cleanup

Cleanup of Park Hill yards began Monday. The first yard  is now completely backfilled and will receive new sod next week. Photo: Cheryl Harris.
Cleanup of Park Hill yards began Monday. The first yard is now completely backfilled and will receive new sod next week. Photo: Cheryl Harris.

More people have signed up in the Park Hill neighborhood for their yards to be cleaned up by the state and U.S. EPA. The yards back up to the former Black Leaf Chemical property in Louisville, Ky.

“Protecting people is the top priority for KDEP and EPA in this cleanup,” said Tim Hubbard, Kentucky Division of Waste Management assistant director. “Replacing soil and grass is an important step forward in doing that. We hope all bordering property owners will agree to allow cleanup.” Continue reading “More Park Hill Residents Saying “Yes” to Cleanup”

Cleanup Begins Aug. 19 Near Former Black Leaf Chemical Site

Source: KGN, USEP, ESRI
For: KDEP
Author: C. Munday & B. Cary
Date 8/13/2013
All items subject to change

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin cleanup Monday, Aug. 19, at several residential properties next to the former Black Leaf Chemical site in west Louisville. This is the largest urban residential Superfund cleanup in Kentucky history.

The agencies have been working together to provide the most current information
to the public and answer questions. A public meeting was held June 27 in which
presentation was given and cleanup plans were discussed with the community. In case you missed it, see the details here. Continue reading “Cleanup Begins Aug. 19 Near Former Black Leaf Chemical Site”