Coast Guard yard at Curtis Bay is proposed for Superfund list

September 14, 2001

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed yesterday adding the century-old Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard in Anne Arundel County to its Superfund National Priorities list of hazardous waste sites.

The Curtis Bay yard is a 113-acre facility on the east side of Curtis Creek in northern Anne Arundel, six miles southeast of downtown Baltimore. Once a shipbuilding facility, the yard is now limited to construction and repair of Coast Guard vessels.

Coast Guard investigations of environmental conditions at the yard over the past 10 years have found low levels of contaminants that extend to the sediments of Curtis Creek below the yard's dry docks. It stems from long-abandoned shipbuilding practices, according to EPA officials.

The Superfund list is made up of sites where contaminants have affected, or might affect, human health or the environment.

Once on the list, sites are investigated to determine what steps should be taken to address any risks. The public has 60 days to comment.

If there are no errors in the proposal, the site will be added to the list after the comment period ends.

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