Standard Chlorine Superfund site get $42 million in federal fund


The  Standard Chlorine of Delaware Inc. Superfund site near Delaware City will receive Superfund funding.

Funding will come from $1 billion for clean-up projects at more than 100 Superfund sites under the Biden Administration’s Investing in America agenda.

“Today’s funding announcement continues EPA’s historic investment in the remediation of our nation’s most contaminated sites,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz. “As a result, the legacy pollution at five Superfund sites in the mid-Atlantic will be cleaned up, providing public health protection to several communities in Delaware and Pennsylvania.”

“This $42 million investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds issued by the Biden-Harris Administration is critical to the cleanup of this 65-acre Superfund site,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “These funds will advance efforts by EPA and DNREC to address the decades-long impact of chlorobenzene pollution on the adjacent wetlands. The efforts by DNREC to date, including the removal of hazardous chemicals, the installation of a groundwater containment system, and the construction of a cap to limit exposure, have laid a strong foundation for remediation. However, it’s clear that there remains a substantial amount of work to ensure the site is returned to productive future use. With the ongoing support of the federal government, we will continue to work to ensure the legacy of this site is one of renewed opportunity for the people, wildlife and the ecosystems along Red Lion Creek and in Delaware.”

At the Standard Chlorine of Delaware Inc. Superfund site, funds will go toward the excavation and treatment of wetland soils and sediment contaminated through industrial activities and spills outside of the former chemical manufacturing plant.


The site has been studied as a possible location for solar panels or wind generation.

The funding is the final phase of the $3.5 billion allocated for Superfund cleanup work in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. So far, EPA has spent more than $2 billion for cleanup activities at more than 150 Superfund National Priorities List sites.

Correction: An earlier version stated that the grant was for $45 million