EPA proposes removing New York landfill, gravel site from Superfund list

October 2, 2013

epa-logoLudlow Sand and Gravel’s Paris, New York, site could be removed from the Superfund National Priorities List of the most hazardous waste sites.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed removing the 18-acre Oneida County site, which contains a landfill and gravel pit, from the list 30 years after state regulators found traces of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in liquid seeping from the site’s landfill.

PCBs are toxic chemicals that could be found in dielectric and coolant fluids before they were banned in the U.S. in 1979. The PCBs in the landfill were likely a result of more than two decades of dumping household, septic tank and industrial wastes, as well as animal parts from a meat processing plant.

A 1988 court order shut down the landfill, while parts of the gravel pit continued to operate.

Clean-up of the landfill and gravel pit was finished in 2007.

If the EPA decides to remove the site from the Superfund list, the new status will become effective December 2.

The EPA has opened the public comment period, which will extend to November 1.

For more information, or to submit a comment, visit regulations.gov.

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