Central Hazardous Materials Fund (CHF) Sites

Fish pond under construction at Leavenworth
Fish pond under construction at Leavenworth

CHF cleanup sites include parks, abandoned mines, wildlife refuges, old industrial sites, and landfills, and military use areas across many Department of Interior bureaus including the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The interactive CHF Map displays all site locations and their funding information.

Accomplishments at CHF sites

In many cases, CHF funded sites provide increased access to outdoor recreation after cleanup is completed. The US Fish and Wildlife Service Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, located 80 miles east of Seattle, has undergone removal of lead-contaminated soil from an abandoned sports shooting range. The formerly contaminated area is being converted to a kid’s fishing pond. To find out more about Leavenworth, please visit the Leavenworth Story Map.

CHF Cleanups also benefit wildlife and environmental quality. Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, located at the northern end of the Hawaiian Archipelago, is home to one of the world’s largest populations of seabirds.This former military site has also suffered lead contamination, which has damaged wildlife populations dramatically. Recently, the cleanup of contaminants funded by CHF has facilitated a restoration of native bird populations. To learn more about Midway Atoll, please visit the Midway Atoll Story Map.

Community and tribal engagement are important to all CHF projects. Red Devil Mine, located in southwest Alaska, has undergone cleanup efforts to remediate high levels of mercury, antimony, and arsenic in the area. Throughout the cleanup process, public meeting and tribal consultations have ensured adequate communication and involvement. To learn more about Red Devil Mine, please visit the Red Devil Story Map.

More Story Maps About CHF Sites

Fact Sheets About CHF Sites

The Central Hazardous Materials Fund has been working for more than 25 years. With many accomplishments, partnerships, and ongoing operations, the CHF continues to remediate and improve the nation's public lands.

CHF Policy Guidance

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