Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: TND980729115
Location: Lewisburg, Marshall County, TN
Lat/Long: 35.481380, -086.784160
Congressional District: 06
NPL Status: Proposed: 12/30/82; Final: 09/08/83; Deleted: 02/21/96
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Femi Akindele (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Lewisburg Dump site is a 20-acre tract of farmland located one mile north of Lewisburg, Tennessee. The property contains an abandoned limestone quarry and a pond.
The City of Lewisburg owned and operated the dump, using approximately four acres in the western portion of the quarry as a landfill, between the late 1950s and 1979. The landfill was made available to all surrounding communities for both residential and industrial waste dumping. The industrial wastes reportedly placed at the dump included paint, paint strippers and solvents, industrial plastic waste, spent pickle liquor with residual metals, empty containers of adhesives, cements, lacquers and paints.
In 1973, the Tennessee Department of Public Health conducted a study of the dump and declared the old quarry unfit for the current use. This led to the final closure of the landfill by the City in 1979.
Approximately 123 households were identified within a 2-mile radius of the site. About 70 of these households depended on private water wells for domestic and/or livestock purposes. However, most residences near the site were connected to the municipal water supply.
The major potential health concern related to the site included possible ground water contamination, leachate generation, and direct exposure of trespassers to the exposed landfill wastes due to the deteriorating landfill cap.
Site Cleanup Plan
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the site was issued in 1990. Major cleanup elements for the site included:
- Implementation of institutional controls which include a security fence and deed restrictions.
- Removal of all site surface debris and disposal in either one of the test-pits on site or an approved sanitary or hazardous waste landfill.
- Replacement of the plastic test-pit caps with landfill cap material.
- Regrading the landfill cap to stabilize conditions and to meet state and federal regulations.
- Ground water monitoring.
- Landfill cap re-seeding and maintenance.
Site cleanup activities began in 2001 and were completed between September 1992, and September 1993. Cleanup activities at the site included removal and off-site disposal of exposed debris at the site, reconstruction of the existing landfill cover, and long-term monitoring. Over 382 cubic yards of debris and soil, 172 tires, 50 empty drums and two drums of lead paint and sludge were removed from the site and disposed of properly at approved facilities.
Potentially responsible parties (PRPs) initiated site maintenance and monitoring activities in 1993, including regular site inspection and ground water sampling. Laboratory results and other site reports have confirmed that the cleanup was successful and that the site no longer poses a threat to human health or the environment.
In August 1993, PRPs recorded a land use Deed Restrictions for the site at the Marshall County court house. The deed notice includes information stating that: there shall be no public use of the site; there shall be no buildings for habitat of human beings; and except for maintenance of the site as provided for in the 5-year maintenance and ground water monitoring plan, there shall be no cultivation on the site.
The site was deleted from the NPL in 1996.
Three Five-Year Reviews (FYRs) have been completed for the site - 1997, 2002, and 2007. The 2007 FYR found that the remedy at the Lewisburg site continues to protect human health and the environment.
Site cleanup activities were undertaken primarily by PRPs with oversight by EPA.
A 1987 Administrative Order on Consent between the PRPs and EPA required the PRPs to undertake a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study for the site.
The City of Lewisburg and other PRPs agreed to perform the remedial action with EPA oversight under a Consent Decree signed in 1991.
EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities at the Lewisburg site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public notices, interviews, and public meetings on cleanup activities and updates.
The next FYR for the site is scheduled for 2012.
Site Administrative Documents
For more information or to view any site-related documents, please visit the site information repository at the following location. As new documents are generated, they will be placed in the information repository for public information.
Marshall County Public Library
310 Farmington Pike
Lewisburg, TN 37091
For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.