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Springfield Iron

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  • Springfield, IL (Sangamon County)
  • EPA ID# ILN000510597
  • Alias(es): N/A
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Cheryl Allen (allen.cheryl@epa.gov)
312-353-6196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 36196

On-Scene Coordinator
Jaime Brown
(312) 886-2256 or 800-621-8431, ext. 62256



(where to view written records)

Illinois State Library
300 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m


The Springfield Iron Co. operated from 1872 until 1905, when the plant’s structures were demolished and the site was leveled. The plant produced iron and steel, primarily for the railroad industry.  Part of the process included four “gas houses” where coal was used to make gas that was then used in the production process.  One byproduct of the gas manufacturing process was coal tar, some of which remains in the soil.

Illinois EPA studied the site in March 2010 after someone saw coal tar seeping onto a public sidewalk and city right-of-way in the northwest part of the site. In 2011, the city of Springfield did its own investigation to determine more precisely the size and depth of the contaminated area. 

U.S. EPA’s assessment of the site in August 2012 found a potential health hazard. This fall’s cleanup is a result of the U.S. EPA assessment.

An electrical service company, an electrical substation, a water storage tank and a city backup electrical generator are on the former factory site today.

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September 2013 Update

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started cleaning up contaminated soil at the Springfield Iron site east of Factory Street in Springfield.  Work began in early September 2013 and should be finished by mid-November 2013.  The soil is contaminated with coal tar from past industrial operations. Contractors working under U.S.EPA direction will dig up and remove at least the top two feet of contaminated soil and haul it away for proper disposal. They will then fill the excavated area with clean soil and restore streets, alleys and sidewalks.

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