Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration
Sauget, Illinois Industrial Corridor Sites
St. Clair County, Illinois
Pathway Report for Terrestrial and Aquatic Resources
As part of the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process, the Trustees document the pathways that hazardous substance releases follow or followed to expose natural resources (including surface waters and sediment, groundwater, geologic resources, air resources, and wildlife). This pathway report addresses the resources of Dead Creek, as well as other terrestrial and aquatic resources at the Sauget Industrial Corridor Sites. The uses, disposal practices, and/or industrial operations at each Sauget Industrial Corridor sub-site are discussed; hazardous substance releases are documented; and aquatic and terrestrial resource exposure analyses are presented.
The Sauget, Illinois Industrial Corridor Sites (Sites) include a series of facilities, landfills, waste disposal areas, sludge lagoons, and contaminated waterways located around the Villages of Sauget, Cahokia, and East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois. The Sites have been proposed for listing under the National Priorities List for clean up. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (ILEPA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) are overseeing various remedial actions by some of the potentially responsible parties at the Sites. The Natural Resource Trustees (the Trustees), which are the ILEPA, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (ILDNR), the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MODNR), and the U.S. Department of Interior (USDOI) acting through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) at the Sites. Contaminants released into the environment from the Sites may have caused harm or injuries to natural resources, which include surface water, groundwater, soils, air, and biota. The purpose of the NRDA is to determine the amount and type of natural resource restoration that is required to restore any injured natural resources and to compensate the public for lost use of natural resources.
Sauget Assessment Plan
Information provided during 2013 public comment period