Congressman Cohen Welcomes Proposal to Include Former Cordova Munitions Manufacturing Site on EPA Superfund Priorities List

September 9, 2021
Press Release
Site off Macon Road manufactured artillery shells during World War II

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) welcomed today’s proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to add the National Fireworks site, located in Cordova, to its Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) for removal of toxic chemicals detected in groundwater. The listing of the site would make it eligible for federal cleanup funding as one of the nation’s highest priority contamination sites. 

 Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

 “I welcome the EPA’s proposal to make cleanup of the National Fireworks site a national cleanup priority. The site’s contaminants are dangerously close to Memphis’ Shaw Wellfield that provides drinking water to 79,000 people. The sooner this work begins, the sooner that peril will be diminished.” 

The National Fireworks site operated as a munitions factory from 1941 to 1957, making flares, grenades, bombs and artillery shells. In 1986, it was redeveloped as the Cordova Industrial Park. 

President Biden has committed to update the NPL twice a year. By pledging to add sites more regularly to the NPL, EPA is taking action to protect the health of communities across the country while cleaning up and returning blighted properties to safe and productive reuse in areas where environmental cleanup and jobs are needed most.