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Tomah Municipal Sanitary Landfill

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Susan Pastor (pastor.susan@epa.gov)
312-353-1325 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31325

Remedial Project Manager
Thomas L. Smith (smith.thomasl@epa.gov)
(800) 886-6217 Ext. 66217

Site Coordinator
Gary Edelstein (Gary.Edelstein@wisconsin.gov)
Wisconsin DNR

Health Risk Assessor
Chuck Warzecha (warzecj@dhfs.state.wi.us)
Bureau of Environmental Health
Wisconsin Dept. of Health & Family Svcs.


(where to view written records)

Tomah Public Library
716 Superior Ave.
Tomah, WI

The Tomah Municipal Sanitary Landfill site is a former landfill operated by the City of Tomah from 1959 to 1979, when it closed out of concern for ground water quality. The landfill accepted both municipal and industrial wastes on an 18 acre portion of the property, located on Noth Street north of the intersection of Jefferson Street. Unlike the environmentally safe operations of today's landfills, wastes at the Tomah landfill were placed in shallow, unlined trenches, then covered with soil. When waste material became saturated with rain water, chemicals seeped into soil and ground water underneath the landfill. Ground water in the area of the Tomah landfill is flowing slowly to the north east, carrying with it landfill chemicals. The contaminated ground water, called a plume, is considered part of the site. (more...)

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Site Updates

April 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a five-year review of the Tomah Municipal Sanitary Landfill Superfund site at an 18-acre property located at Noth Avenue, north of the intersection of Jefferson Street in Tomah. The Superfund law requires regular checkups of sites that have been cleaned up – with waste managed on-site – to make sure the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. This is the third five-year review of this site.

EPA’s cleanup of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metals in the groundwater and surface water, and gas generated by the landfill, consisted of a landfill cap and a system to safely vent the gas from the landfill.

More information is available at the Tomah Public Library, 16 Superior Ave. and on this web page. The review should be completed by fall 2014.

The five-year review is an opportunity for you to tell EPA about site conditions and any concerns you have.

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