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Second Phase of Cleanup Underway at the Gulf States Steel Site in Gadsden, Alabama

Release Date: 10/15/2009
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353, niles.laura@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – October 15, 2009) EPA’s Superfund removal action at the Gulf States Steel Site in Gadsden, Ala. is currently in the second phase of cleanup, which began in September 2009. The Phase II cleanup includes demolition of the power house and two slag piles on site.

Further assessment of the facility during the initial phase of site activity led to a request for increased funding to perform an additional phase of work. A pilot study to assess the potential to recycle the slag pile materials is underway.

The Gulf States Steel Site is located in Gadsden in an industrial park. The company was a steel manufacturing facility that manufactured a diversified product line including steel plates, hot and cold rolled steel sheets, and galvanized steel sheets. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1999. A site assessment and site evaluation were conducted at the site in 2007. As a result of the investigations, EPA determined that a time-critical removal action was necessary.

Additional information about the site can be found at http://www.epaosc.org/gulfstatessteel.