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Gary Development Landfill

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628

Interim Remedial Project Manager
Karen Cibulskis
(cibulskis.karen@epa.gov)
(312) 886-1843 or 800-621-8431, ext. 61843

Remedial Project Manager
Leslie Blake (blake.leslie@epa.gov)
312-353-7921 or 800-621-8431, ext. 61841

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Du Bois Public Library
1835 Broadway
Gary, IN
219-886-9120

Background

The Gary Development Landfill site is a former landfill that operated from approximately 1975 to 1989. It is located at 479 N. Cline Ave., in a primarily industrial neighborhood in Gary, Ind. The landfill accepted hazardous waste including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), asbestos, metals, and pesticides. Contaminants from the site have been detected in a wetland which is adjacent to the southeastern portion of the property. This wetland borders the Grand Calumet River.

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February 2015


The responsible parties have developed a draft RI/FS Work Plan for the Site that is currently undergoing review by EPA.  EPA anticipates field work to begin by early summer.

September 2014


EPA attempted to obtain voluntary access to three vacant parcels of property comprising the site without success.  An application for Ex Parte Administrative Warrant for Entry Inspection, Investigation and Sampling pursuant to Section 104(e) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. § 9604(e) was filed with the United States District Court for Northern Indiana by the U.S. Department of Justice on September 17, 2014.  The purpose of the warrant is to secure legal permission to be on the Site property for EPA and the responsible parties that will do the investigation work with EPA oversight. Although EPA is asking the Court for two years of site access, it is estimated that from the date that the warrant is issued, that it will take approximately 24-48 months to perform the actual Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) at the property. If more than two years is needed to complete the RI/FS, then EPA will ask the Court for an additional length of time for site access.  On October 9, 2014, the warrant was signed by the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana.

May 2014


On May 5, 2014, U.S. EPA entered into a settlement agreement with approximately 20 responsible parties that will conduct an in-depth environmental investigation at the Site, none of whom currently own the property.   
Administrative Settlement Agreement (PDF) (94pp, 3.2MB) May 2014
 

February 2013

EPA sent a special notice package to 11 potentially responsible parties (or PRPs) identifying the response actions that need to be undertaken in order to conduct a remedial investigation and feasibility study at the Site.  An initial settlement conference was held at EPA, Region 5 in Chicago, IL on March 19, 2013.  A good faith offer is expected to be submitted to EPA within 60 days of the date the special notice package was sent.
Special Notice Package:

November 2012

EPA held interviews with Gary residents from Tuesday, Dec. 11, through Thursday, Dec. 13, at the John F. Kennedy Branch of the Gary Public Library, 3953 Broadway. EPA gathered information from residents to better understand community concerns about the former landfill. The EPA used information from the interviews to develop a community involvement plan to help encourage effective communication between EPA and the people of Gary. The CIP contains information about the community and its opinions or thoughts on the site.

September 2011

The Gary Development Landfill site has been added to the Superfund program National Priorities List.  The National Priorities List is EPA's list of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified for long-term cleanup. EPA will try to identify any local parties potentially responsible for the contamination. For sites without a viable responsible party, EPA investigates the full extent of the contamination before starting any significant cleanup. When a site is added to the NPL it is eligible for financial resources to fully characterize the extent of the contamination and develop a cleanup plan.  EPA will investigate the full extent of the contamination before starting significant cleanup at the site.

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