Congressional District # 17
ADAMS COUNTY QUINCY LANDFILLS 2&3EPA ID# ILD980607055
Last Updated: March, 2012
The 56-acre Adams County Quincy Landfills #2 and #3 ("Adams County") site is located on Old Broadway Road south of Illinois Route 104, approximately five miles east of the city of Quincy, Adams County, in west central Illinois. The landfill was privately operated from 1967 until 1972, when the city of Quincy leased the landfill from the owner. Quincy operated the landfill from 1972 until 1978, closing it to receipt of waste in fall 1978. Site closure, including placement of final cover, was completed in mid-1979. The city of Quincy purchased the Adams County site in 1982.
Refuse, domestic waste, and industrial waste were disposed of at the Adams County site. Liquid industrial waste received at the landfill includes: acids; sludges containing heavy metals; spent nonhalogenated solvents; spent halogenated solvents; wastewater treatment sludge from electroplating facilities; hydraulic oil; machine coolants; thinners; paint solvents and sludge; methyl chloroform; selenium; toluene; methylene chloride; acetone; chloroethene; lacquer thinners; metal etchers; cutting and grinding oils; and caustic cleaning solutions.
Site ResponsibilityThe Adams County site is being addressed through potentially responsible party (PRP) actions under state and federal oversight.
Threats and ContaminantsVolatile organic compound (VOC) contamination has been documented in groundwater monitoring wells on site and in two residential drinking water wells across the road from the Adams County site. However, no VOC contaminant plume has been defined. Health effects could occur if people were to drink contaminated water from the site.
Cleanup ProgressIn March 1996, Illinois filed a state enforcement agreement between the state and the Adams County site potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to conduct the design and construction of the site cleanup actions. The enforcement agreement required the PRPs to install a barrier fence around the landfill, connect area residents with private drinking water wells to the public water supply, recap and regrade the landfill, install a leachate collection system, place deed restrictions on the property, and monitor the groundwater for chemical contaminants.
The state approved the workplan to complete the design of the site cleanup actions in 1996 and by the end of 1998, the PRPs had completed most of the construction work. Water service connections were made for five area residents. At present, work being conducted includes site security and monitoring of the leachate collection system, groundwater quality, and landfill cap integrity.
EPA conducted a five-year review at the Adams County site in 2008. The Agency determined that site cleanup activities were satisfactorily operated and maintained and that all engineered remedies were functioning as designed. The report concluded that potential short-term threats to human health and the environment had been addressed.
The PRPs submitted an Institutional Controls Study to EPA for review. EPA determined that it would be appropriate to incorporate the existing deed notices for the Adams County site into an institutional control prescribed under the Illinois Uniform Environmental Covenant Act (UECA). The UECA institutional control was recorded with the county on April 1, 2011.
The next five-year review is scheduled to be completed at the Adams County site in 2013.
ContactsRemedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
howard caine (email@example.com)
Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA
AliasesADAMS COUNTY QUINCY LANDFILL SITE #2 & #3
QUINCY MUNI LDFL 2 AND 3 OF
ADAMS COUNTY QUINCY LDFL SITE #2 & #3
ADAMS COUNTY QUINCY LANDFILL SITE 2&3
QUINCY MUNI LDFL 2