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Newburgh Landfill Superfund Site
Newburgh, New York

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The Newburgh Landfill Site, owned by the City of Newburgh, is located at 88 Pierces Road in Newburgh, NY and encompasses approximately 30 acres of the surrounding area. Proposed cleanup will concentrate in the western portion of the landfill where abandoned drums and trenches containing highly hazardous wastes have been discovered. Originally, the site was operated by the City of Newburgh as a municipal landfill from the 1940s until 1976. During this time, drums of hazardous waste materials from various companies were disposed of at the site. Since the closure of the landfill, approximately three acres of the site is housing the City of Newburgh Department of Public Works.

EPA determined that a removal action is necessary to address any potential threats to human health and/or the environment from high levels of chromium, lead, volatile organic compounds and hazardous ignitable wasted found in the area. This cleanup will be conducted by the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs), DuPont de Nemours and Company and Bayer CropScience, Inc. with EPA oversight. In early January 2011, a work plan was submitted by these parties. Following the review and approval of the work plan by EPA, the removal action to address the abandoned drums and associated hazardous

wastes from the area of concern will begin. All applicable health and safety precautions will be followed to protect nearby residents and site workers.

In 2002, the City of Newburgh had a Drum Characterization Report conducted that subsequently identified 456 drums on the surface of the western portion of the landfill. Some of the drums were partially buried and in a degraded state.  In 2009, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) conducted a Site Characterization Report. During this procedure, DEC dug fourteen test pits and sampled soil and drum materials. Following these tests, DEC requested EPA perform a removal site evaluation. EPA determined the site eligible for a removal action.


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