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Elizabethtown Landfill


On Wednesday, October 1, 1997, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Elizabethtown Landfill Superfund Site (the site) located in West Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The ROD outlines EPA's selected plan to clean up contamination at the site. EPA's chosen clean-up plan requires installing a cap on the southern area of the landfill, extracting ground water, treating ground water and leachate on-site using air stripping and carbon adsorption, and controlling air emissions. 

The ROD differs from the Proposed Remedial Action Plan (Proposed Plan) presented to the public in 1995. It does not require ugrading the existing cover on the northern portion of the landfill. However, the ROD does require a predesign study of ground and surface water and quarterly monitoring of five residential wells and two public water supply wells which are located near the landfill site. These changes are based, in part, on public comments regarding EPA's 1995 Proposed Plan. EPA evaluated the selected clean-up plan using established criteria. EPA and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agree that the ROD is protective of human health and the environment, complies with all applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements, and uses permanent solutions or treatment technologies to the fullest extent possible. 

The ROD requires: 

* If the results of this study show that established clean-up levels can be met within a reasonable length of time, EPA will not use the ground water extraction and treatment system. 

The ROD can be found in the Administrative Record File, a collection of reports, letters, and documents that support EPA's clean-up decision for the Elizabethtown Landfill Site. The Responsiveness Summary, which addresses comments and questions regarding EPA's 1995 Proposed Plan, is attached to the ROD. The File is available at the following information repositories: 

West Donegal Township Building 
7 West Ridge Road 
Elizabethtown, PA 17022 
Contact: Paul Klinger 
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Adminsitrative Records Room 
U.S. EPA, Region III 
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029 
Contact: Anna Butch 
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please call in advance for an appointment.

If you have questions about the ROD, or the Elizabethtown Landfill Site, please contact one of these EPA officials: 

Remedial Project Manager
Richard Watman

Community Involvement Coordinator
Bill Hudson

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