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EPA Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
Mail Stop: 3LC20
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Maryland Department of Environment
Land Restoration Program
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public informational meeting on September 28, 2016, 2016 at the North Point Branch of the Baltimore County Library located at 1716 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, Maryland starting at 6pm. The meeting will provide an update on the current activities related to the characterization and clean up progress of the former Sparrows Point steel mill site and the off-shore investigations.
- Sparrows Point Off-Shore Investigation Summary - March 2016[PDF: 2 pages,20 KB]
- Sparrows Point Off-Shore Investigation Report - March 2016 [PDF: 439 pages,10 MB]
- Maryland DEP Sparrows Point Off-Shore Investigation Work Plan – Phase 1
- Maryland DEP Sparrows Point Off-Shore Investigation Phase 1/Round 1 Report and Round 2 Investigation Workplan
EPA has reached agreement on a proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreement (PPA) with Sparrows Point Terminal, LLC (SPT) regarding its purchase of the Facility. SPT proposes to redevelop the Facility property under a long-term ground leasing program with commercial logistics, transportation, and manufacturing tenants. The PPA requires SPT to perform on-shore work; pay $3.0 million for off-shore investigation, and pay EPA’s oversight costs. In exchange, the PPA provides SPT with a covenant not to sue under Sections 106 and 107(a) of CERCLA (also known as the Superfund Law), 42 U.S.C. §§ 9606 and 9607(a), and Sections 3005, 3008(a), and 7003 of RCRA, 42 U.S.C. §§ 6925, 6928(a), and 6973 for “Existing Contamination” as defined in the PPA.
For more detailed information about the on-shore work click on following link:
For more detailed information about the off-shore work click on following links:
The Sparrows Point facility is located on approximately 3100 acres of a peninsula on the north side of the Patapsco River approximately nine (9) miles southeast of downtown Baltimore. BSC purchased the facility in 1916 And during peak production in 1959, the facility operated 12 coke-oven batteries, 10 blast furnaces, and four open-hearth furnaces. The coke ovens ceased operations in December 1991 and the coke batteries have been or are being torn down. Waste management at the property includes air pollution controls two solid waste landfills, and waste water treatment.
On October 8, 1997, EPA, MDE, and then owner Bethlehem Steel Corporation (BSC) entered into a judicial Consent Decree which governs EPA's RCRA corrective action activities at the Facility.
On July 8, 2014, the 1997 Consent was modified to add Sparrows Point LLC (“SPLLC”), thereby making SPLLC responsible for completing the remaining work required under the Consent Decree.
The Consent Decree requires completion of the following tasks:
1. Complete a site wide investigation to investigate releases of hazardous constituents from the facility to determine the need for potential corrective action,
2. Use interim measures to address releases that require immediate action,
3. Apply compliance standards for two solid waste landfills (Greys Landfill and Coke Point Landfill),
4. Apply a compliance standard for visible emissions from the roof monitor at the Basic Oxygen Furnace,
5. Implement projects to minimize air emissions of kish,
6. Inspect and perform associated repairs of (a) all active sumps and associated trenches that are located in the Cold Sheet Mill and the Tin Mill that contain significant amounts of acid, caustic, plating, and coating solutions, and (b) all above ground storage tanks with capacity greater than 500 gallons that store hazardous substances, and
7 . Implement projects to minimize waste production.
All work required by the CD has been completed with the exception of Tasks 1, 2 and 3 relating to corrective actions and landfill compliance. Site wide investigation of on-shore areas has been completed. Off-shore investigation has been partially completed at Coke Point, and investigation of the remaining offshore areas is currently taking place and is anticipated to be completed in 2 years.
Interim measures (IMs) have been identified and implemented in the former Rod and Wire Mill by groundwater pumping, and in the former Coke Oven Area by 6 remediation cells employing a combination of product removal, air sparging, vapor extraction, and groundwater pumping.
Following successive owners’ operation of the Facility and bankruptcy, on August 15, 2012, a Bankruptcy Sale Order (Sale Order) was approved that allowed several companies - Environmental Liability Transfer (ELT), Commercial Development Corporation (CDC), and Sparrows Point LLC (SPLLC) - to purchase SPF. The facility is now owned by SPT.
As part of the Sale Order funds were set aside for completion of the off-shore by a Trustee working in consultation with EPA and MDE. The trustee has selected a contractor for the offshore SWI, and EPA and MDE have approved a work plan, which is now being implemented.
The PPA was developed in concert with the MDE Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) to govern SPT’s continuation of the environmental investigation and remediation measures.
By amending the CD, entering into the AOC, and SA the Agencies have the legal mechanisms to safeguard the investigation and the remediation of the Site.
A broad range of contaminants were detected at the site associated with the steel making process. Contaminants include: antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, lead, manganese, nickel, tin, zinc, ammonia, benzene, cyanide, ethyl benzene, naphthalene, PAHs, toluene, xylene, coal tar, oils, lime sludge, sulfuric acid, waste alkaline rinses, mill scale, and ship yard wastes.
- Sparrows Point Cleanup - Public Information Meeting Presentation - April 2016[ 47 pp, 4.6 MB, About PDF]
- Sparrows Point Cleanup - Public Information Meeting Presentation - September 2015[46 pp, 2.74 MB, About PDF]
- Sparrows Point Cleanup - Public Information Meeting Factsheet September 2015[3 pp, 1.34 MB, About PDF]
- Sparrows Point Cleanup - Public Information Meeting February 2015 [38 pp, 5323 KB, About PDF]
- Maryland Department of Environment -Sparrows Point Voluntary Cleanup Program
- EPA Response to Comments to the Proposed Settlement Agreement [12 pp, 4933 KB, About PDF]
- Proposed Prospective Purchase Agreement , Sparrows Point Terminal ,LLC [PDF, 19517 KB, 269 pages, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [24pp, 119 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
Maryland Department of Environment Land Restoration Program
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. Additional fee for requests over 100 pages.
Some of the site’s other key documents of interest are accessible below:
RG Steel Sparrows Point LLC
|RG Steel Sparrows Point Geospatial Map|| Sparrows Point Site Investigation Map
Click on a thumbnail to enlarge the photo or Geospatial Pdf)
The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the EPA Project Manager:
Andrew Fan (215) 814-3426.