EPA ID: PAD980539712
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Congressional District: 6th
Last Updated: January 2015
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- The most recent Five-Year Review of the Site was completed in June 2013.
- The Five-Year Review from 2013 determined that the remedy for the Site is protective of human health and the environment in the short-term. All exposure pathways that could result in unacceptable risks are being controlled. Institutional controls are in place to prohibit groundwater and surface water use downgradient of the landfill, as well as to protect the landfill cap remedy. In order for the remedy to be protective in the long-term, a final groundwater remedy needs to be implemented.
- A Focused Feasibility Study for new groundwater cleanup alternatives was approved by EPA in October 2012.
- A Proposed Remedial Action Plan for the groundwater is under development by EPA.
- Routine groundwater monitoring continues.
- The 15-acre Elizabethtown Landfill Site is an unlined, sandstone quarry that operated as an unlicensed landfill from 1958 to 1973, accepting industrial and municipal waste from nearby communities.
- About 13,200 people get drinking water from public and private wells within three miles of the site, with one private well located 800 feet from the site.
- The surrounding area is mainly agricultural and rural. Conoy Creek, which is 800 feet downgradient of the site, is used for recreation.
NPL Listing History
- In 1985, EPA detected volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the major component of solvents, and manganese in monitoring wells in a leachate stream coming off the landfill.
- In 1986, Waste Management, Inc., one of the potentially responsible parties, installed a cap on the site, methane control vents, a leachate collection system, and a sedimentation basin.
- In 1990, the group of potentially responsible parties (PRPs) consented to conduct studies of the site to determine the full nature and extent of contamination, and in 1999, the PRPs agreed to carry out the cleanup.
- The EPA selected the following cleanup measures: 1) cap the uncapped portions of the landfill; 2) do more groundwater and surface water studies; 3) pump and treat contaminated groundwater.
- The landfill cap and its associated gas extraction/flare system was completed in 2003.
- The groundwater study was submitted to EPA in 2008.
- The main contaminant of concern is Chlorobenzene.
- Contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available at: (ATSDR web site).
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Elizabethtown site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
West Donegal Township Building
One Municipal Dr.
Elizabethtown PA 17022
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street-6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Record of Decision
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- Fact Sheets
- Federal Register
07/15/1999: Notice of Lodging of Consent Degree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
06/18/1999: Notice; request for public comment, Proposed Administrative Settlement Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; Elizabethtown Landfill De Minimis Settlement (Pennsylvania Department of Health)
06/18/1999: Notice; request for public comment, Proposed Administrative Settlement Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; Elizabethtown Landfill De Minimis Settlement (National Standard Company)
- Public Notice
February 2013 (PDF) (1 pp, 157K)