Tomah Municipal Sanitary Landfill
Community Involvement Coordinator
Patricia Krause (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-886-9506 or 800-621-8431, ext. 69506, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST
Remedial Project Manager
Denise Boone (email@example.com)
(800) 886-6217 Ext. 66217
Gary Edelstein (Gary.Edelstein@wisconsin.gov)
Health Risk Assessor
Chuck Warzecha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bureau of Environmental Health
Wisconsin Dept. of Health & Family Svcs.
(where to view written records)
Tomah Public Library
716 Superior Ave.
The Tomah Municipal Sanitary Landfill site is a former landfill operated by the City of Tomah from 1959 to 1979, when it closed out of concern for ground water quality. The landfill accepted both municipal and industrial wastes on an 18 acre portion of the property, located on Noth Street north of the intersection of Jefferson Street. Unlike the environmentally safe operations of today's landfills, wastes at the Tomah landfill were placed in shallow, unlined trenches, then covered with soil. When waste material became saturated with rain water, chemicals seeped into soil and ground water underneath the landfill. Ground water in the area of the Tomah landfill is flowing slowly to the north east, carrying with it landfill chemicals. The contaminated ground water, called a plume, is considered part of the site. (more...)
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EPA completed a second 5-year review of Tomah Municipal Landfill and found that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. The review recommended that ground water standards be achieved naturally, land restrictions be placed on properties downhill from the site, and land restriction monitoring plans be adopted. EPA’s cleanup of volatile organic compounds and other contaminants consisted of constructing a landfill cap, reducing the movement of contamination into the ground water, installing a system to safely vent gas from the landfill, monitoring a ground water plume and adding fencing to the site. The next scheduled review will be in 2015.
- You've Been Asking (PDF) (2pp, 211K) March 2004
- EPA Proposes Plan for Contaminated Ground Water (PDF) (6pp, 577K) June 2003
- Proposed Plan (PDF) (8pp, 243K) August 1997
- Second five-year review report (PDF) (58pp, 2.6MB) January 2010
- First five-year review (PDF) (99pp, 2.0MB) April 2005
- Transcript of June 24, 2003 public meeting (PDF) (67pp, 365K)