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Red Penn Sanitation Co. Landfill

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: KYD981469794
Location: Peewee Valley, Oldham County, KY
Lat/Long: 38.288100, -085.465400
Congressional District: 04
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final: 03/31/89: Deleted: 09/14/01
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: Beth Walden (walden.beth@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Red Penn Sanitation Co. Landfill site includes the area where a landfill and borrow area operated from 1954 to 1986. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 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. Following site investigations, EPA determined that site contamination does not pose a threat to people and the environment. By properly closing the landfill, 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 151 acre site is located on Kentucky State Route 362 (Ash Avenue), 1.5 miles southeast of Pewee Valley in Oldham County, Kentucky. Vines, shrubs and trees cover the site. Floyds Fork Creek borders the site to the east and southeast. An unnamed creek tributary and Kentucky State Route 362 border the site to the southwest. Hawley Gibson Road borders the site to the northwest. People use creeks bordering the site for fishing, swimming and raising livestock. The site’s broader surroundings include agricultural and residential land uses.

From 1954 to 1986, operations used an 85-acre area at the site for waste disposal and a 66-acre portion of the site as a borrow area. From 1968 to 1986, a 40-acre licensed landfill operated on site. In 1989, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2001. Currently, the site is not in use. The site can support commercial and residential land uses.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations identified 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 lead, chromium, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and selenium.

EPA conducted site investigations and found that contamination did not pose a threat to people and the environment. EPA considered children’s health issues as part of the site’s risk assessment.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA led site investigation activities in cooperation with KDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 2000, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included EPA’s decision that no action was necessary to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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

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Cleanup Progress

In 1986, operators of the landfill removed approximately 220 tons of drums and contaminated soil from the site.

Because the landfill operators never properly closed the landfill, EPA recommended that KDEP and the site’s PRPs place a cap over the landfill. In 1999, the PRPs agreed to design and install the landfill cap, regrade the site, install a geosynthetic clay liner, place clean soil at the site, and revegetate and monitor the site.

In 2000, the PRPs completed construction of the landfill cap.

In 2001, EPA deleted the site from the NPL.

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Enforcement Activities

In 1986, KDEP negotiated legal agreements with Red Penn Sanitation Company, the landfill operators, to clean up drums and a waste pile at the landfill entrance.

EPA was unable to negotiate legal agreements with the site’s PRPs to investigate the site. EPA used federal funds for site investigation activities.

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the PRPs to conduct landfill closure activities. The PRPs funded cleanup and monitoring activities.

The ROD online provides information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA worked with the community and KDEP 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 included public notices and information meetings.

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Future Work

EPA may resume activities at the site if new information indicates that contamination poses a risk to people or the environment.

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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

South Oldham Library
6720 W. Highway 146
Crestwood, KY 40014

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