Milwaukee Solvay Coke & Gas Site
Community Involvement Coordinator
Susan Pastor (email@example.com)
312-353-1325 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31325
Remedial Project Manager
Owen Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-886-4843 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64843
Assistant Regional Counsel
Craig Melodia (email@example.com)
312-353-8870 or 800-621-8431, ext. 38870
Wisconsin DNR State Project Manager
(where to view written records)
Bay View Library
2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
The Solvay Coke & Gas site is located in Milwaukee, Wis. It covers about 46 acres in a primarily industrial and commercial area north of the Kinnickinnic River and west of the Lincoln Memorial Harbor. The site is bordered to the north by East Greenfield Avenue, to the northeast by railroad tracks and a coal storage area, to the east and south by the Kinnickinnic River, and to the west by more railroad tracks.
Various industrial activities occurred on different lots on the property maybe as early as 1866. A manufactured coke and gas facility located on the northern portion was operated by various entities until around 1983. Wisconsin Wrecking operated a scrap and salvage operation on the northern portion until January 2003. Most of the major coke and gas manufacturing buildings on the northern half of the site were demolished in 2003 when EPA oversaw a hazardous waste removal.
This is what was removed and shipped off site for proper disposal:
- asbestos-containing material in many of the structures, on piping inside and outside the structures and loose asbestos-containing material located on the ground
- coal tar from the manufactured gas plant operations in tanks, piping, on the ground, and in an open pit area
- numerous above-ground storage tanks and associated piping containing coal tar and other residues
- other hazardous substances located throughout the site such as drums of naphthalene crystals and oil in old electrical transformers.
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EPA continues to oversee the site’s investigation. Beginning in 2012, the companies determined to be responsible for the contamination collected groundwater, sediment, and soil samples to get a more precise idea of the environmental problems at Solvay. When enough information about the site is gathered, they will use it to complete a document called a remedial investigation report. EPA plans to deem the report "final” in 2016 and make it available to the public. After this report is final, the companies will submit another document for EPA’s review and approval called a feasibility study. This study will compare different cleanup options for the site.
The companies doing the work include:
- East Greenfield Investors LLC.
- American Natural Resources Co.
- Cliffs Mining Co.
- Maxus Energy Corp.
- We Energies
- Health Concerns related to asbestos (PDF) (6pp., 257K) April 2008
- Final Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (22pp, 777K) April 2008
- ATSDR's Solvay Coke Health Consultation January 2003
- Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, Feb. 2007 (PDF) (84pp., 4.4MB)