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Cedartown Municipal Landfill

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Ground water monitoring well at the Cedartown Landfill site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: GAD980495402
Location: Cedartown, Polk County, GA
Lat/Long: 34.015960, -085.282630
Congressional District: 07
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final: 03/31/89; Deleted: 03/10/99
Affected Media: Ground water, Solid Waste
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL. Cleanup activities have been completed.
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Brian Farrier (farrier.brian@epa.gov)


Current Status

The Cedartown Municipal Landfill site includes the area where a mine and then a municipal landfill operated from the 1880s until 1979. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated ground water, surface water and solid waste resulting from operations at the site. EPA, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Georgia EPD) and the Cedartown Municipal Landfill Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) Committee, the site’s PRP group, have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. By inspecting and maintaining the landfill cover, placing institutional controls on the site property and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, Georgia EPD and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 94-acre site is located next to Cedartown in Polk County, Georgia, 62 miles northwest of Atlanta. Wooded areas cover the northern, southern and western areas of the site and thick grasses cover the eastern area of the site. Tenth Street borders the site to the east, Prior Station Road (Route 100) borders the site to the south, and undeveloped and agricultural land borders the site to the north and west. Industrial and commercial land uses are located east of the site. The site’s broader surroundings include residential, agricultural and undeveloped land uses north, south and west of the site. In the mid-2000s, the residences south of the site were constructed.

The site includes the area where an iron ore mine and then a municipal landfill once operated. From the 1880s until the early 1990s, an iron ore strip mine operated at the site. In the mid-1900s, open pits from mining operations received wastes as part of landfill operations. The landfill received municipal and industrial wastes, including industrial waste sludge, animal and vegetable fats and oils, liquid dye wastes, latex paint, and plant trash until 1979. In 1979, the landfill operations ended and landfill operators covered the landfill a layer of clay, soil and vegetation to prevent erosion. In 1989, EPA placed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1999.

Currently, the site is vacant. Fencing and dense vegetation limit access to the site.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water, surface water and solid waste that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from operations at the site.  Contaminants of concern include metals.

In 1986 and 1987, EPA discovered metals contamination in off-site surface waters and on-site ground water. Monitoring from 1995 to 1997 confirmed that ground water contamination is confined to the site’s boundary.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s PRPs led site investigation and cleanup activities in cooperation with EPA and Georgia EPD.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1993, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

In 1998, EPA issued a cleanup plan amendment (a ROD amendment) to remove the separate cleanup plan option from the 1993 ROD.

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD.

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Cleanup Progress

Between 1994 until 1998, the site’s PRPs conducted landfill cover and seep inspections.

Between 1995 and 1997, the PRPs conducted ground water monitoring.

In 1996, the City of Cedartown annexed the landfill area properties and placed institutional controls on them. A city ordinance restricts the installation of wells.

In 1999, following completion of cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL. 

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2011, found that the cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment. The Five-Year Review also stated that, because the landfill cover is now heavily wooded, it requires semi-annual inspections and maintenance.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site’s PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs funded site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA worked with the community and its state partner to develop a long-term cleanup plan for the site, reflecting the Agency’s commitment to safe, healthy communities and environmental protection. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.

EPA conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public meetings, activities and information distribution to nearby residents.

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Future Work

The landfill cover at the site continues to require semi-annual inspection and maintenance. The City of Cedartown is responsible for these activities.

EPA completed the site’s last Five-Year Review in 2011 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2016.

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Additional Information

EPA keeps additional site documents and information in a site information repository at the location below. EPA also posts site documents, when available, on EPA’s CERCLIS Site Profile page. For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office

Site Repository

Cedartown Public Library
245 East Avenue
Cedartown, GA  30125

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