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Site Summary Profile
EPA 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
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Yvonne Jones (jones.yvonneo@epa.gov)


Current Status

The Lewisburg Dump site includes the area where the City of Lewisburg operated a landfill from the 1950s until 1979. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from disposal operations. EPA, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and the City of Lewisburg, the site’s lead potentially responsible party (PRP), have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. As part of the site’s 2012 Five-Year Review, EPA is evaluating the effectiveness of site’s cleanup approach, which included reconstructing the cover over the landfill. As part of this effort, EPA also sampled private drinking water wells in April 2012 and shared initial results with residents.

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Site Location and Background

The site is located on a 20-acre tract of farmland, one half-mile north of Lewisburg and 40 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. The site property includes a landfill and an abandoned limestone quarry, which is now a pond. Site surroundings are mostly farms and pastureland. A rock quarry processing plant is located just south of the site. There are 10 homes and about 30 people residing within a one half-mile radius of the site.

The City of Lewisburg owned and operated the dump, using 4 acres in the western portion of the quarry as a landfill, between the late 1950s and 1979. The city allowed surrounding communities to use the landfill for both residential and industrial waste dumping. Industrial wastes reportedly placed in 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.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations identified contamination in ground water and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The major potential health concern related to the site included possible ground water contamination, leachate and exposure of trespassers to exposed landfill wastes due to the deteriorating landfill cap.

Cleanup actions addressed threats related to the deteriorating landfill cover and leachate. The city periodically inspects the landfill cap. Institutional controls in the form of a restrictive covenant are in place to restrict any activities that could disturb the cap. The entire site is fenced and secured.

Ground water contamination remains. Some contamination may extend beyond the site boundary. EPA is currently evaluating this. EPA is making sure nearby residents are kept up to date on any data collected for the site. EPA sampled private drinking water wells in April 2012 for the presence of VOCs, semi-VOCs and metals. Initial sampling results did not detect VOCs or semi-VOCs. Initial sampling results did detect metals. However, the levels detected were below federal drinking water standards. These standards indicate the maximum amount of a chemical allowable in drinking water (i.e., the maximum contaminant level). EPA establishes federal drinking water standards under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

EPA does not consider vapor intrusion a threat at the site.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

Site PRP the City of Lewisburg leads site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and TDEC.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1990, 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 and Five-Year Reviews.

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Cleanup Progress

The site’s lead PRP began site cleanup activities in 1992 and completed them between September 1992 and September 1993. Cleanup activities at the site included removing and disposing of exposed debris off site, reconstructing the existing landfill cover, and long-term monitoring. The PRP removed over 382 cubic yards of debris and soil, 172 tires, 50 empty drums and two drums of lead paint and sludge from the site and properly disposed of the material at approved facilities.

The PRP began site maintenance and monitoring activities in 1993, including regular site inspection and ground water sampling.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2007, found that the site’s cleanup approach continues to protect people and the environment. The site’s fourth Five-Year Review is underway.

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 City of Lewisburg is the lead PRP. The City of Lewisburg and other PRPs contributed funding for site cleanup, monitoring and oversight.

RODs and Five-Year Reviews online provide information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA has 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 has 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

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2007. The site’s fourth Five-Year Review is underway. EPA plans to complete this review in 2012.

Monitoring of the landfill cap and ground water is ongoing.

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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

Marshall County Public Library
310 Farmington Pike
Lewisburg, TN 37091

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