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Congressional District # 01


EPA ID# IND077005916
Last Updated: September, 2011

Site Description

The Gary Development Landfill site is located at 479 Cline Avenue, in a primary industrial neighborhood in the City of Gary, Lake County, in northwest Indiana. The site is a former landfill comprised largely of a permitted solid waste landfill that operated from approximately 1975 to 1989.  The landfill accepted hazardous waste for disposal without having obtained a RCRA permit or achieving interim status under RCRA. Contaminants from the site have been detected in a wetland which is adjacent to the southeastern portion of the property.

Site Responsibility

The State of Indiana referred the site to EPA because response actions are required to maintain the landfill and there are insufficient funds from a settlement with the former operator to conduct maintenance. There is no responsible party currently maintaining the landfill. EPA received a letter of support from the state for placing the site on the NPL.

Threats and Contaminants

The landfill accepted materials including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), asbestos, metals, and pesticides.   A release of site contaminants, including metals, SVOCs, and pesticides, has been observed in a wetland adjacent to the southeastern portion of the landfill.  Specifically, elevated levels of lead, chromium, zinc, acenaphthene, anthracene, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(g,h,i)perylene, benzo(k)fluoranthene, chrysene, dibenzofuran, fluoranthene, fluorene, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, phenathrene, and pyrene were detected in the wetland.  This wetland borders the Grand Calumet River, is designated as freshwater palustrine emergent wetland and is within habitats known to be used by several state endangered species including the Marsh Wren.

Cleanup Progress

An administrative complaint was filed against the operator in 1986 for RCRA violations, and a consent decree was finalized in 1996 that included a fine and establishment of a trust for maintenance of the landfill.  As estimated costs for maintaining the landfill greatly exceed that of the trust, RCRA deferred the site to Superfund in 1997.  In 2002, a Time Critical Removal Action was conducted at the Gary Development Landfill by EPA.  Numerous containers of substances including oils, paint, insecticides, antifreeze, and electrical capacitors were removed from the site.  The site was finalized on the National Priorities List on September 16, 2011.


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
david linnear (linnear.david@epa.gov)
(312) 886-1841


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