Sparrows Point Voluntary Cleanup Program

Sparrows Point Environmental Reports   
The Sparrows Point environmental reports section identifies environmental investigations submitted for the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) including characterization and remediation plans that have occurred or are planned at the Sparrows Point property as part of the Administrative Consent Order (ACO).
For additional information relating to the Sparrows Point peninsula, please visit the Hazardous Waste Program's webpage.
The Maryland Department of the Environment and U.S Environmental Protection Agency Region III (Agencies) have received and are currently conducting a review of the Rod and Wire Mill Interim Measures Supplemental Investigation Report (July 26, 2019) and the Former Coke Oven Area Interim Measures Supplemental Investigation Report (August 2, 2019).  The full reports are available in the links below.  The reports include the results of the on-site groundwater samples and pore water and surface water samples that were collected offshore in the vicinity of the Rod and Wire Mill and Coke Oven Area.  The on-shore and offshore water sampling was requested by the Agencies to provide additional information to evaluate the effectiveness of the current interim groundwater remedial measures at the Rod and Wire Mill and Coke Oven Area. The results of these investigations will be used by Tradepoint​ Atlantic (TPA) to prepare plans to enhance the current interim measures.  
Current human health direct contact exposures (swimming and recreational activities) to contaminants detected in the surface waters adjacent to the Coke Oven study area do not exceed MDE’s health-based standards for recreational users.  Risks were evaluated in the area with the highest detected concentrations of benzene and naphthalene in the cove adjacent to Cell 3.  These findings from the additional characterization conducted by TPA  build upon the investigation of coke product residual impacts conducted in the Coke Point Peninsula by the Port Administration (MPA) in 2011 (June 1, 2011 Public Meeting Presentation provided below).  Although risks to recreational users do not exceed MDE health-based standards, MDE advises recreational users that potential exposure to benzene and naphthalene exists in surface waters of the Cove Point Cove area, as shown on Figure 22 of the Coke Oven Area report (link to figure provided below).  Recreational users fishing and crabbing in waters of the state should consult the MDE fish consumption advisory recommendations at the following link:
The Agencies will be evaluating the additional corrective measure plans currently being prepared by TPA.  The Agencies held a public information meeting on October 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the North Point Library to update the community on this project.

Links to reports discussed during the meeting are posted below:

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan - Dated January 24, 2019

Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) - Sparrows Point Terminal Site Report Revision 3, dated April 5, 2016

Sparrows Point Parcel Status Map​​, dated March 23, 2021

Response Action Plan​​​s (RAP)

Parcel A1- Approved RAP

Phase II ESA Work Plans and Reports

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)-May 19, 2014

Site Conceptual Cleanup Plan

Contact Information

If you have questions or require assistance related to the above material, please contact Ms. Barbara Brown at 410-537-3493 or email to



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