The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday announced the removal of the Tennessee Products Superfund Site in Chattanooga from their National Priorities List.

The site was listed in 1995 after being proposed as a cleanup site in early 1994. According to the EPA's website, the Tennessee Products site was contaminated with pesticides, VOCs, PAHs, metals and PCBs from uncontrolled coal tar dumping that seeped into the soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment, including the Chattanooga Creek.

This deletion, along with 11 others across the country, marks the largest number of deletions in a single year since the fiscal year 2001. This also represents the third year in a row that EPA has significantly increased the number of sites deleted from the NPL, helping the respective communities move forward in reusing and redeveloping the land by making it clear that cleanup is complete according to a news release.

“Our renewed focus on the Superfund program is reaching directly into the heart of communities that are looking to EPA for leadership and action,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “I am proud of the work we have done to deliver on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protect the people we serve and support community revitalization by allowing land to be rediscovered and repurposed for productive use.”

“We celebrate this significant milestone that EPA and our partners are making to clean up the contaminated property and return the land to productive use,” EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker. "A successful cleanup is a win-win that supports economic growth and a more sustainable community."

The EPA says that the agency deletes sites or parts of sites from the NPL when no further cleanup is required to protect human health or the environment. Years, and sometimes decades, of complex investigation and cleanup work, has gone into getting these sites to the point where they can be removed from the list.

The EPA considers this to be an important milestone in the cleanup process and indicates to communities that cleanup is complete and that sites are protective of human health and the environment.

The 12 sites EPA completely deleted from the NPL are:

Buckeye Reclamation in St. Clairsville, Ohio
Duell & Gardner Landfill in Dalton Township, Michigan
Electro-Coatings, Inc in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal in Ellenville, New York
Intel Corp. (Santa Clara III) in Santa Clara, California
Intermountain Waste Oil Refinery in Bountiful, Utah
MGM Brakes in Cloverdale, California
Mystery Bridge Rd/U.S. Highway 20 in Evansville, Wyoming
Peter Cooper in Gowanda, New York
Strasburg Landfill in Newlin Township, Pennsylvania
Tennessee Products in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tomah Armory in Tomah, Wisconsin

The 15 sites EPA partially deleted are:

Beckman Instruments (Porterville Plant) in Portville, California
Beloit Corp. in Rockton, Illinois
Cleburn Street Well in Grand Island, Nebraska
Escambia Wood in Pensacola, Florida
Libby Asbestos in Libby, Montana
Novak Sanitary Landfill in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania
Omaha Lead in Omaha, Nebraska
Robintech, Inc./National Pipe Co. in Vestal, New York
Shaw Avenue Dump in Charles City, Iowa
South Minneapolis Residential Soil Contamination in Minneapolis, Minnesota
South Valley in Albuquerque, New Mexico
South Weymouth Naval Air Station in Weymouth, Massachusetts
Townsend Saw Chain Co. in Pontiac, South Carolina
Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in New Brighton, Minnesota
Vasquez Boulevard and I-70 in Denver, Colorado