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Newport Dump


Vegetated landfill cap on western edge of site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: KYD985066380
Location: Wilder, Campbell County, KY
Lat/Long: 39.070720, -084.491220
Congressional District: 04
NPL Status: Proposed: 12/30/82; Final: 09/08/83; Deleted: 06/03/96
Affected Media: Ground water, Leachate, Soil, Surface Water
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: William Joyner (joyner.william@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Newport Dump site includes an area where the City of Newport operated a waste disposal area from the late 1940s to 1979. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated ground water, leachate, soil and surface water resulting from waste handling practices. EPA, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP) and 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. By monitoring the site, placing institutional controlson the site property and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, KDEP and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 39-acre site is located in Wilder in Campbell County, Ohio. The site includes a grass-covered landfill and a drainage culvert, which traverses the site from north to south. An industrial park borders the site to the north. An unnamed stream borders the site to the south. Steep outcrops border the site to the east. The Licking River borders the site to the west. The site’s broader surroundings include industrial land uses.

From the late 1940s until 1979, the City of Newport disposed of residential and commercial waste at the site. Landfill operations used trenching and area filling to dispose of wastes. In 1979, the city transferred ownership of the site to the Northern Kentucky Port Authority (NKPA, now the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation). In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Following completion of cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1996. The site is not in use. The site can support industrial land uses.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water, leachate, soil and surface water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include heavy metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and solvents.

The site’s PRPs have addressed soil contamination at the site. The PRPs have also placed institutional controls on the site property to restrict land use at the site.

The PRPs continue to monitor ground water, surface water and leachate at the site.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s PRPs lead site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and KDEP.

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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:

In 1995, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) to document the installation of the new culvert and the decision not to restart the leachate collection system.

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD and Five-Year Reviews.

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Cleanup Progress

In 1980, the site’s PRPs installed a leachate collection system, regraded portions of the site, constructed a cap and revegetated the site. NKPA also installed a permanent vegetative cover and began design of a ground water monitoring system.

In1987, EPA and KDEP installed eight gas monitoring wells.

In 1990, EPA shut off the power to the leachate collection system.

In 1991 and 1992, EPA cleared an area on the along the river and trenched the area for installation of a sanitary sewer line.

EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1996.

In 2006, EPA installed two additional monitoring wells.

The site’s fifth Five-Year Review, completed in 2012, found that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment in the short-term. The Five-Year Review recommended additional work in order for the site to be protective over the long term. EPA and the PRPs are following up on the Five-Year Review recommendations.

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 continue to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide 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 notices, interviews and public meetings.

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Future Work

Operation and maintenance activities are ongoing.

The site’s PRPs are investigating redevelopment options for the site and surrounding properties.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2012 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2017.

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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

Campbell County Library
403 Monmouth St.
Newport, KY 41071

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