Taylor Borough Dump
Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)Pennsylvania
3 miles south of City of Scranton
EPA ID# PAD980693907
11th Congressional District
Last Update: January 2013
Old City of Scranton Landfill #1
Current Site StatusThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deleted the Taylor Borough Dump from the agency's National Priorities List of the nation's most hazardous waste sites on September 30, 1999. The City of Scranton has taken over responsibility to conduct operation and maintenance (O&M) activities at the site to ensure the protectiveness of the soil cover. Results of the sampling have shown that the soil cover is performing as expected and is protective of human health and the environment. A Five-Year Review Report is scheduled to be completed for the Site in 2013.
Site DescriptionThe Taylor Borough Dump, located in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, is a privately owned, inactive landfill that covers 125 acres. The City of Scranton, located about three miles north of the site, used the former underground and strip mine as a municipal dump from 1964 through 1968. The unfenced site was placed on the National Priorities List because approximately 1,200 drums containing hazardous organic chemicals and heavy metals had been dumped illegally there. Drums were found in six main areas on the site. Wastes had escaped from the drums and contaminated the soil, surface water, sediments, groundwater, and the surrounding air. Even after the EPA built a fence around the area, trespassers breached it to bike, jog, and hunt on the site. The landfill is near a residential area and a community park. It is estimated that 1,000 people live within a one-mile radius of the site, and 10,000 people live within three miles of the site. A residential development borders the southeastern edge of the landfill, but the nearest dwelling is several hundred feet from the closest area used for drum waste disposal. Residents obtain water from a surface water supply that does not receive runoff from the site. Contaminants in the groundwater on site included phthalic acid esters, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlordane, and arsenic. Contaminants detected in sediments included antimony, arsenic, lead, and PCBs. On-site soils contained phthalic acid esters, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), arsenic, and lead. Off-site surface water contained lead, chlordane, and PCBs.
Site ResponsibilityThis site is being addressed through federal and potentially responsible parties' actions.
NPL Listing HistoryOur country's most serious, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites can be cleaned using federal money. To be eligible for federal cleanup money, a site must be put on the National Priorities List. This site was proposed to the list on September 8, 1983 and formally added to the list September 21, 1984.
Threats and ContaminantsBackground air on the site and at a nearby residence showed the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chlordane, a pesticide. People who came in direct contact with, inhaled, or accidentally ingested contaminants were at risk. Residents using ponds on-site for recreation and fishing may have been at risk from contact with contaminated water or from eating contaminated fish.
Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.