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The Tribal Superfund Working Group has a site visit each year. Details and documents about these site visits are found here.

April 18-20, 2017. Tar Creek
Description: This three day training will include two days in the classroom and a full day field trip. The classroom training will include topic such as: how to develop and use tribal cleanup standards, building tribal capacity to conduct cleanup activities, addressing land use issues, future activities at Tar Creek, a question and answer session with staff from the Quapaw Tribe, a presentation from Cherokee Nation, and a roundtable discussion with other members of the Tribal Superfund Working Group. Tribal staff are also putting together a great itinerary for the all-day site visit which will include remedial and restoration projects and sites of concern. This course will begin at 8:00 am Tuesday and end at 5:00 pm on Thursday. The application can be found below and is due on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Application: Tar Creek Superfund Site Visit [doc]

August 15, 2016. New Bedford Harbor
Description: This full day field trip is scheduled for Monday during the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum. The 18,000-acre New Bedford site is an urban tidal estuary with sediments which are highly contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals. At least two manufacturers in the area used PCBs while producing electric devices from 1940 to the late 1970s, when the manufacture of PCBs was banned by the EPA. These facilities discharged industrial wastes containing PCBs directly into the harbor and indirectly through the city sewer system. As a result, the harbor is contaminated in varying degrees for at least 6 miles from the upper Acushnet River into Buzzards Bay. Over 100,000 people live within 3 miles of the site. To register for this field trip please contact Todd Barnell (Todd.Barnell@nau.edu) or Julie Jurkowski (Julie.Jurkowski@nau.edu).
Agenda [pdf]
Community Involvement Plan [pdf]
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May 24-26, 2016: Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Superfund Site
Description: This special opportunity included a day and a half of classroom training in Spokane, Washington as well as a full day site visit to the Bunker Hill Superfund site, led by USEPA and staff from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The Bunker Hill site was first added to the NPL in 1983. The Site includes mining-contaminated areas in the Coeur d’Alene River corridor, adjacent floodplains, downstream water bodies, tributaries, and fill areas, as well as the 21-square-mile Bunker Hill "Box" where historical ore-processing and smelting operations occurred. The tour encompassed many stops including: Ninemile Creek, the Central Treatment Plant, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes (Rails to Trails), the Black Lake Boat Launches, and Schelepp Agricultural Wetland.
May TSFWG Tour Map [pdf]
Bunker Hill Superfund Case Study [pdf]
Remembering the Giants, Shoshone News-Press Article [pdf]

August 2015: Reilly Tar & Chemical Corporation Site (St. Louis Park Plant), Minneapolis, MN
Description: This half day field trip took place on August 20, 2015. For many years this site was used for coal tar distillation and wood preservation, which led to contamination of multiple aquifers. This tour included a visit to two large groundwater treatment plants and reclaimed land that now has a community park, soccer fields, and both residential and commercial buildings. The Public Works Superintendent and a field technician discussed the process the City of St. Louis Park went through to tackle regulatory hurdles, the steps they took to remediate the site, and the struggles and successes of the overall project.
Reilly Tar and Chemical Corp. Superfund Site On Site Handout [pdf]

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell, Program Manager

Julie Jurkowski, Program Coordinator, Sr.