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Settlement monitoring station at the Powersville Landfill site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: GAD980496954
Location: Powersville, Peach County, GA
Lat/Long: 32.612500, -083.794430
Congressional District: 08
NPL Status: Proposed: 09/08/83; Final: 09/21/84; Deleted: 11/01/10
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In reuse – a fire station is located on site
Site Manager: Brian Farrier (farrier.brian@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Powersville Landfill site includes the area where Peach County operated a borrow area and a sanitary landfill from the 1940s until 1979. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1984 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from operations at the site. EPA, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Georgia EPD), and Canadyne-Georgia Corporation and Peach County, the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs), 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. A water line connects residences and businesses near the site to the public water supply. By maintaining the landfill cover, placing institutional controls on the site property and nearby properties, 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 15-acre site is located north of the intersection of Georgia Highway 49 and Newell Road in Powersville, Peach County, Georgia. A residential property borders the site to the north, Newell Road border the site to the west, Georgia Highway 49 and Lizzie Chapel Church border the site to the south, and Peach County properties border the site to the east. The site’s broader surroundings include several residences, agricultural land and forested areas.

The site includes the area used by Peach County as a borrow area, which provided sand and fill material from the 1940s to 1969. From 1969 until 1979, Peach County operated a sanitary landfill that received municipal and industrial wastes at the site. In 1983, Georgia EPD sampled area wells and detected trace amounts of contamination in a local water well. In 1984, EPA placed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2010.

Currently, Peach County operates a fire station, built in 2006, at the site and maintains the landfill cover by mowing and clearing the area. Fencing surrounds the site and limits access.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste disposal operations at the site. Contaminants of concern include hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH, formally known as BHC, or benzene hexachloride), vinyl chloride, lead, chromium, dieldrin, chlordane and toxaphene.

Potential future risks to people and the environment exist due to contamination documented in ground water at the site and on properties next to the site. Ground water monitoring data indicate decreasing contamination levels. Sampling detected soil contamination on site. Sampling did not detect any off-site soil contamination.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

Canadyne-Georgia Corporation and Peach County, the site’s PRPs, led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and Georgia EPD.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1987, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

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

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Cleanup Progress

The site’s PRPs began cleanup activities in 1991, installing a landfill cover, installing additional ground water monitoring wells, connecting nearby residences to the public water supply, placing institutional controls on the site property and surrounding properties, and designing and implementing an operation and maintenance plan. The PRPs also installed a gas venting system to prevent landfill gas buildup. 

The PRPs began operation and maintenance activities in 1992. The PRPs completed site cleanup activities in 1993.

Following the completion of cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2010.

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 State of Georgia conducted groundwater monitoring until 2004, when contaminant levels had decreased below cleanup levels. Peach County maintains the site, including mowing and clearing of the landfill cover, and regular testing of the gas vents.

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, public notices, and interviews with local stakeholders. EPA also provided regular updates to the County Administrator during the NPL deletion process.

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Future Work

Peach County continues to maintain the site, including mowing and clearing of the landfill cover, and regular testing of the gas vents.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2013 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2018.

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Additional Information

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

The Peach County Fire Station on site is no longer the local site information repository.

For more information or to view any site-related documents, please contact Site Manager Brian Farrier (farrier.brian@epa.gov).

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