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Strasburg Landfill

Fact Sheet - April 1995


EPA currently is finishing the design plans for cleanup of the Strasburg Landfill Site. The goal of EPA's clean-up plans is to provide further protection to the area from hazardous wastes at the Strasburg Landfill. EPA's design plans are explained in more detail below.

Recapping the Landfill

EPA will place a new and more protective cap on the landfill because the original cap has deteriorated. A cap helps to keep any site contamination in place by protecting it from rainwater and wind.

EPA plans to remove 200,000 cubic yards of soil from the southwestern portion of the property and use it to place a new cap over the landfill. EPA decided to use soil from the property to recap the landfill because hauling soils from areas outside Chester County would be disruptive to the community. Any hauling might also damage the many dirt roads and stone bridges in the area.

The new cap will prevent any additional hazardous wastes from leaking from the landfill and further contaminating the area. Once the capping is complete, EPA will cover the soil with grass. Because of the planned activities at the landfill, site neighbors can expect more trucks and construction equipment at the site and on surrounding roads.

Leachate Collection and Treatment System

Leachate is also seeping from the landfill. Leachate is a liquid that comes from rain water trickling down through the landfil. The liquid collects any substances in the landfill, including contaminants, along the way. Eventually, the contaminants escape from the landfill and possibly threaten the groundwater. At the same time the recapping occurs, EPA will install a system to collect and treat leachate from the landfill. EPA will place pipes in the landfill to direct the flow of the leachate into collection tanks. When the tanks are full of the leachate, EPA will treat the leachate with ultraviolet light to destroy hazardous organic chemicals. Water will be all that remains after the chemicals are destroyed. EPA will make sure the water meets standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PADER) before being discharged into Briar Run.

Active Gas Ventilation System

EPA also will install a ventilation system in the landfill to prevent gases from building up inside the landfill. The system also will protect against further contamination of groundwater from gases dissolving into it.

Vent pipes will be installed deep in the landfill to collect the gases. Once the gases are in the vent pipes, they will be collected in a tube and destroyed by burning them in the open air. EPA will monitor the gases venting from the landfill to make sure they do not pose a threat to humans or the environment around the landfill.

The timeline below presents a projected schedule of these planned events at the Strasburg Landfill Site. This timeline may change as site activities progress.

FALL 1995
Select a contractor to perform the on-site work
Regrade the landfill and site preparation work
Install the cap, leachate collection system, and soil gas ventilation system
FALL 1997
Place a grass cover over the landfill cap and start leachate collection


EPA plans to revise its Community Relations Plan for the Strasburg Landfill this spring. The Community Relations Plan is EPA's handbook for addressing community concerns at a Superfund site. Each plan is site-specific and is based on information from EPA's files, as well as on information provided by interested citizens, business owners, and local officials during community interviews.

If you would like to be interviewed for the Strasburg Landfill Community Relations Plan or would like to be added to the Strasburg mailing list, please fill out this form and mail it to EPA at the address listed below:

Larry Brown
U.S. EPA - Region III (3EA30)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

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