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Tomah Armory

Site Information
Contact Information

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)
312-886-6540
(800) 886-6217 Ext. 66217

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Tomah Public Library
716 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI

Background

Tomah Armory in the past was operated as a landfill and there is still waste in place.   EPA’s selected cleanup plan for the Tomah Armory was to monitor ground water and leave waste material in place.  Ground water under the landfill is monitored for lead contamination from the waste that remains. The Superfund law requires regular checkups - every five years - of sites that have been cleaned up – with waste managed on site – to make sure the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment.

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Site Updates

November 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is modifying its 1995 cleanup plan for the Tomah Armory Landfill Superfund site. The changes are in an official document called an “explanation of significant differences.”

The main change adds what EPA calls “institutional controls” to ensure long-term protectiveness and to alter the groundwater monitoring component. Institutional controls, such as deed restrictions and local ordinances, are required because there is still contamination in the soil at levels high enough to prevent unlimited use. A cap is in place to prevent exposure to the contamination. 

EPA completed its third five-year review of the site in 2011. The review included an evaluation of background information, cleanup requirements, effectiveness of the cleanup, and maintenance and monitoring efforts. It also looked at ways to operate more efficiently. Groundwater monitoring showed low levels of lead in the groundwater in 2010.  By April 2011, lead was no longer detected. The review found the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment and recommends resuming and annually monitoring groundwater for lead. The next scheduled review will be in 2016.

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