EPA: Cleanup at Skinner Landfill Underway

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of a recent consent decree
 at the Skinner Landfill Superfund site in West Chester, Ohio, U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will supervise an $11 to $15 million
 cleanup now under way.  Ohio EPA will assist EPA with the site supervision.
     The consent decree, entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern
 District of Ohio in Cincinnati, and which was available for public comment
 from June 9 to August 14, 2000, represents an agreement among the U.S.
 Government, the site owners, and 13 former waste generators and transporters.
 The agreement requires the companies to pay for and manage the cleanup of the
 site.  These companies will pay EPA's costs in overseeing the work.  The
 consent decree also provides for the potential re-use of the site once the
 cleanup has been completed.
     The agreement also includes 48 companies, four federal agencies and five
 municipalities that sent a very small amount of waste to the site.  In
 addition, a related agreement has been signed involving seven cities and
 villages that sent trash and debris to the site, which should relieve them of
 any past or future liability.
     According to a 1993 EPA decision, the cleanup will include a hazardous
 waste cap over the landfill, operation and maintenance of the cap, and
 ground-water control and monitoring.  The cap will consist of a synthetic clay
 layer, a drainage layer, and layer of top soil and grass.
     Staging of construction equipment for the project, along with the removal
 of some trees, has begun.  Area residents and businesses can expect to see
 slightly increased vehicle traffic and workers in required protective
 clothing.  Since Union Elementary School is nearby, site work that is likely
 to cause the most waste and soil disturbance will be done when school is not
 in session.  The project is expected to wrap up by late October.
     The consent decree for the cleanup and other site-related documents are
 available at http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/ .
 
     About the site
     The 78-acre Skinner site is about 15 miles north of Cincinnati.  From 1934
 to 1990, it accepted residential and commercial waste.  Sampling of the site's
 buried lagoon confirmed the presence of pesticides, volatile and semi-volatile
 organic compounds, PCBs and heavy metals.
 
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    CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of a recent consent decree
 at the Skinner Landfill Superfund site in West Chester, Ohio, U.S.
 Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will supervise an $11 to $15 million
 cleanup now under way.  Ohio EPA will assist EPA with the site supervision.
     The consent decree, entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern
 District of Ohio in Cincinnati, and which was available for public comment
 from June 9 to August 14, 2000, represents an agreement among the U.S.
 Government, the site owners, and 13 former waste generators and transporters.
 The agreement requires the companies to pay for and manage the cleanup of the
 site.  These companies will pay EPA's costs in overseeing the work.  The
 consent decree also provides for the potential re-use of the site once the
 cleanup has been completed.
     The agreement also includes 48 companies, four federal agencies and five
 municipalities that sent a very small amount of waste to the site.  In
 addition, a related agreement has been signed involving seven cities and
 villages that sent trash and debris to the site, which should relieve them of
 any past or future liability.
     According to a 1993 EPA decision, the cleanup will include a hazardous
 waste cap over the landfill, operation and maintenance of the cap, and
 ground-water control and monitoring.  The cap will consist of a synthetic clay
 layer, a drainage layer, and layer of top soil and grass.
     Staging of construction equipment for the project, along with the removal
 of some trees, has begun.  Area residents and businesses can expect to see
 slightly increased vehicle traffic and workers in required protective
 clothing.  Since Union Elementary School is nearby, site work that is likely
 to cause the most waste and soil disturbance will be done when school is not
 in session.  The project is expected to wrap up by late October.
     The consent decree for the cleanup and other site-related documents are
 available at http://www.epa.gov/region5/sites/ .
 
     About the site
     The 78-acre Skinner site is about 15 miles north of Cincinnati.  From 1934
 to 1990, it accepted residential and commercial waste.  Sampling of the site's
 buried lagoon confirmed the presence of pesticides, volatile and semi-volatile
 organic compounds, PCBs and heavy metals.
 
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