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Peoples Gas Crawford Station

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Heriberto León (leon.heriberto@epa.gov)
312-886-6163 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66163

Remedial Project Manager
Ross Delrosario (delrosario.rosauro@epa.gov)
312-886-6195, or 800-621-8431, ext. 66195


(where to view written records)

Chicago Public Library
Toman Branch
2708 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, Ill.


EPA Records Center
77 W. Jackson Blvd., 7th Fl.
Chicago, Ill.


Technical Assitance Application Submission

The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization has submitted an application to the Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company for services through a Technical Assistance Plan Exit EPA Disclaimeradministered by Peoples and supervised by USEPA for the remedial investigation and feasibility study currently underway at the Crawford Station site in Chicago, IL (just west of 35th Place and 36th Street). TAPs provide up to $50,000 in services to community groups to hire a technical adviser to interpret site-related information. Other interested groups should contact LVEJO and try to form a coalition for a joint application, or else they may submit their own separate letter of interest before August 27, 2015. Visit the Technical Assistance Plan Exit EPA Disclaimerwebpage for more information.

Type of site

Peoples Energy approached EPA in 2007 to address 13 former manufactured gas plants in Illinois under EPA’s Superfund Alternative Sites program.  The SAS Program takes sites that might otherwise be eligible for the National Priorities List but which will be investigated and cleaned up by a cooperative responsible party, without formally listing the site on the NPL. The Crawford Station site is one of those 13 sites.



In 1921, the Koppers Company of Pittsburgh and Peoples Gas entered into an agreement: Koppers built, financed and operated a by-product coke plant at the Crawford Station.  Peoples Gas bought the gas and coke manufactured by the Koppers Company for distribution to its consumers. In 1928, Peoples Gas acquired the facility.

The site was Peoples’ largest facility in the early years of the 20th century. Production was halted temporarily between 1958 and 1962 and permanently after 1963.  The station was retired in 1965. Peoples Gas sold 146 acres of the property to First American Realty Company in 1966.

Contamination at the site includes:

Impact to soil on the site is described as tar.

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Site Updates

April 2015

Removal of contaminated soil and debris continues as of April 2015.  Over 1.2 million tons of contaminated material have been excavated and disposed off-site as part of the time-critical removal action.  This removal action is expected to continue to at least the end of 2015.  Concurrent with the removal action, a remedial investigation is ongoing to determine the extent and magnitude of remaining contamination at the site.  A draft remedial investigation (RI) report is expected by 2017 or 2018.

March 2014

Removal of contaminated soil/debris at certain parcels of the site continues and is expected to last until the end of the year.  Over 800,000 tons of contaminated material have been excavated and disposed of off-site as of March 2014. Concurrent with the removal action, the responsible party (Integrys) is in the initial stage of conducting remedial investigation (RI) field work at the site.  Because of the size of the Crawford site, the field work is being divided into three phases, with the last phase scheduled for completion by 2017.  A draft RI report is expected by late 2017 or 2018.

February 2013

A significant portion of site contaminants has been removed as of January 2013—approximately 350,000 tons, but more contaminant removal work is planned.  Specifically, cleanup work on another section of the site, Parcel L, has started as of the beginning of 2013 and will continue through the summer of 2014.

March 2012

Contractors for Peoples Gas are now cleaning up part of the Crawford Station site as the result of a legal agreement with EPA called an AOC (available below under Legal Documents).  The cleanup is being conducted under EPA's removal program at several parcels comprising approximately 13.7 acres of of the Crawford Station site. It is estimated that as much as 150,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and other material will be removed when the project is completed.

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