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Media Advisory: Valleycrest Landfill Site Tour, Feb. 25, 1 P.M. - February 21, 2003

CONTACT: Rafael P. Gonzalez, (312) 886-0269
Mick Hans, (312) 353-5050

For Immediate Release
No. 03-OPA024

Media Advisory: Valleycrest Landfill Site Tour, Feb. 25, 1 P.M.

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2003) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will host a media tour of the Valleycrest Landfill Superfund site in Dayton, Ohio,
from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. The tour starts promptly and will take about an hour. A media availability will follow the tour.

Media, and state and local officials, will have an opportunity to see completed cleanup areas and portions of the site with work in progress. A public meeting to update the community on the cleanup status will be held Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Stebbins High School cafeteria, 1900 Harshman Road.

Site tour participants should be prepared for muddy, cold and windy conditions and be aware that certain areas of the site will not be accessible due to safety concerns.

Pre-registration by media is recommended but not required. Seats on the touring vehicles will be filled on a first-come basis. Media likely to attend should call Rafael P. Gonzalez, (312) 886-0269, or Mick Hans, (312) 353-5050.

Tour participants should meet at the site command post at 950 Brandt Pike.

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EPA Awards $50,000 Technical Assistance Grant to Dayton Community Group - February 8, 2002

CONTACT: Susan Pastor, (312) 353-1325
Mick Hans, (312) 353-5050

For Immediate Release
No. 02-OPA019

CHICAGO (Feb. 8, 2002) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 awarded a $50,000 technical assistance grant to the Old North Dayton Neighborhood Association, a community organization in Dayton, Ohio.

The grant will be used to hire a technical advisor for the Valleycrest Landfill Superfund site. The advisor will interpret technical data for the organization and act as a liaison between the group and EPA.

Since 1989, EPA Region 5 has awarded 22 technical assistance grants to community organizations in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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EPA Continues Removal Action at Valleycrest Landfill - April 25, 2001

CONTACT: Mick Hans, (312) 353-5050
Rafael P. Gonzalez, (312) 886-0269

For Immediate Release
No. 01-OPA058

CHICAGO (April 25, 2001) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will continue the removal action at the Valleycrest Landfill Superfund site in Dayton, Ohio, under its existing removal enforcement order.

The removal action, which began in December 1998, was scheduled to transition from EPA to Ohio EPA in early summer. However, based on concerns about the potential for future public health threats to communities near the site, EPA will continue the removal action at the site.

"After significant public input and additional discussion with Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, we believe that maintaining the current federal role at the site is the appropriate course of action," said Regional Superfund Director William Muno.

To date more than 25,000 subsurface drums, in varying stages of decay, have been removed from Area 5 for off-site disposal. About 3,160 cubic yards of polychlorinated biphenyl-contaminated soil and debris, 5,800 cubic yards of trichloroethane (TCE)-contaminated debris, and 340 cubic yards of lead-contaminated debris also have been sent for off-site disposal.

The announcement will not affect EPA's previously-stated commitment to supervise construction, operation and maintenance of a landfill gas abatement system around Valleycrest's perimeter. The existing community safety measures and emergency notification procedures also remain unchanged.

A community meeting to provide a comprehensive update on developments at the site will be announced in the near future.

About the Site

The 102-acre Valleycrest Landfill site, also known as North Sanitary Landfill, was formerly a gravel pit that accepted industrial and municipal waste from 1965 to 1975. Some areas of the site were also used for disposal of foundry sand, fly ash and bag house dust (collected from pollution control equipment) from the mid-1970s through 1989.

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EPA Proposes Change for Valleycrest Landfill Cleanup; Public Meeting Feb. 7

- February 2001

CONTACT: (Media) Leo Rosales, 312-353–6198
(Media) Mick Hans, 312-353–5050

For Immediate Release
No. 01-OPA015

CHICAGO — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will propose changes in the cleanup plan for the Valleycrest Landfill in Dayton, Ohio, allowing the Ohio EPA to take over lead responsibility for the Superfund site, while EPA shifts to a technical advisory and assistance role.

Since 1998, an EPA–managed effort has resulted in the excavation of more than 22,000 drums from a single disposal area on the property at 200 Valleycrest Drive. Under the proposed change, the drum removal work at Area 5 will be suspended and Ohio EPA will resume primary responsibility for the completion of a comprehensive plan, known as a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS), to address the entire 102–acre site.

A public meeting will be held at Stebbins High School, 1900 Harshman Road, Riverside, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Representatives from both agencies
will present a site update and discuss proposed changes to the cleanup plan. For more information, contact EPA community involvement coordinators Leo
Rosales or Rafael Gonzalez, (800) 621–8431.

About the Site

The Valleycrest Landfill site, also known as North Sanitary Landfill, was formerly a gravel pit that accepted industrial and municipal waste from 1965 to 1975. Some areas of the site were also used for disposal of foundry sand, fly ash, and bag house dust (collected from air pollution control equipment) from the mid–1970s through 1989.

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Valleycrest Landfill cleanup Web site expanded - May 4, 2000

Media Contact: Leo Rosales (312) 353-6198

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2000
No. 00-OPA087

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently expanded its Web site for the Valleycrest Landfill (Dayton, OH) Superfund cleanup. The Web site (www.epa.gov/region5/valleycrest) was expanded in response to requests from community members and local officials.

The 102-acre site, at 200 Valleycrest Dr. (between Brandt Pike and Valley St.), was a gravel pit which accepted industrial and municipal waste. In July 1998, the Valleycrest Drum Removal Action Group-under an Administrative Order on Consent issued by EPA-began removing buried drums from the property. EPA estimates the total number of buried drums at about 25,000. Excavation and disposal of the drums and contaminated material is expected to continue through 2001.

The revised Web site includes past news releases and fact sheets, a photo gallery and panoramic tour of the site, and a list of EPA and Ohio EPA contacts. The Web site will be updated monthly.

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EPA: Valleycrest Landfill cleanup to continue through 2001 - September 16, 1999

Media Contact: Leo Rosales (312) 353-6198
Mick Hans (312) 353-5050

For Immediate Release: September 16, 1999
No. 99-OPA263

EPA: Valleycrest Landfill cleanup to continue through 2001

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 said today that cleanup of buried drums and contaminated materials at the Valleycrest Landfill Superfund site (Dayton, OH) will continue through 2001. EPA recently revised the estimated number of buried drums at the site to about 25,000–far greater than originally suspected. The cleanup is being funded by the Valleycrest Drum Removal Action Group (VDRAG), a group of potentially responsible parties.

A meeting to answer residents' questions about the project will be held at 7 p.m. tonight, at Stebbins High School, 1900 Harshman Rd., Riverside.

The 102-acre site, at 200 Valleycrest Dr. (between Brandt Pike and Valley St.), was a gravel pit, which accepted industrial and municipal waste from 1965 to 1975, and foundry sand, fly ash, and air filter baghouse dust from the mid-1970's to 1989.

EPA and Ohio EPA began investigating the site in 1986. Ground-water monitoring wells were installed on site and at the perimeter of the site. The site was added to the National Priorities List in May 1994. In January 1995, Ohio EPA and several potentially responsible parties entered into an administrative order to investigate the site, including a ground-water investigation.

In September 1996, an underground fire occurred in the eastern portion of the landfill. Contractors hired by the potentially responsible parties uncovered and disposed of about 100 partially buried drums. By November 1997, additional investigation by Ohio EPA indicated the potential of thousands of buried drums. In May 1998, EPA conducted an extensive geophysical survey of the eastern and western portions of the site, which indicated a large volume of underground metal. The metallic material was recently confirmed to be drums.

In September 1998, a smaller group of potentially responsible parties–the VDRAG–entered into an administrative order on consent issued by EPA. The order required the VDRAG to:
(1) Develop a site safety plan,
(2) Excavate and properly dispose of all buried drums, containers, and contaminated soils and debris, and
(3) Install a landfill gas control system.

In November 1998, drum removal under the administrative order by the VDRAG contractors began. So far, 3,700 drums have been excavated and 4,000 cubic yards of contaminated soils and debris from the western portion of the site have been sent for disposal. Initial analysis of the drums and soil and debris collected indicates elevated levels of trichloroethylene, benzene, lead, vinyl chloride, and PCB's.

Current work at the site includes excavation and sampling of drums and contaminated soil and debris, air monitoring during these activities, and the installation of a perimeter landfill gas control system. Separately, a comprehensive ground-water investigation continues under the direction of Ohio EPA. EPA is overseeing all work conducted by the VDRAG, in coordination with Ohio EPA, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Dayton and Riverside fire departments.

For more information, call Leo Rosales, community involvement coordinator, EPA, at (800) 621-8431, or email: rosales.leo@epa.gov.

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EPA: Meeting on Valleycrest Cleanup Dec. 16 - December 11, 1998

Media Contacts: Leo Rosales (312) 353-6198
Mick Hans (312) 353-5050

NOTE TO MEDIA: A detailed list of recommended safety measures will be distributed at the meeting. For an advance copy, suitable for reprint, please contact Leo Rosales or Mick Hans in EPA's Public Affairs office.

For Immediate Release: December 11, 1998
No. 98-OPA376

EPA: Meeting on Valleycrest Cleanup Dec. 16

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 will host a public meeting to discuss ongoing cleanup and a new site contingency plan during drum removal at the Valleycrest Landfill site (Dayton, OH). The meeting will be Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Stebbins High School, 1900 Harshman Rd., Riverside.

Representatives from EPA, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, local emergency response agencies, and the Valleycrest Landfill Site Group (a group of companies potentially responsible for hazardous materials sent to the site) will present an update on site activities, review recommended safety precautions for area residents, and answer questions about the project.

The landfill is at 200 Valleycrest Dr., between Brandt Pike and Valley St. (The site is also known as the North Dayton Sanitary Landfill.) The 102-acre site was formerly a gravel pit, which accepted industrial and municipal waste from 1965 to 1975. It also accepted foundry sand, fly ash, and baghouse dust in some areas of the site from the mid-1970's through 1989.

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Cleanup begins at Valleycrest Landfill site - November 2, 1998

Technical Contact: Steve Renninger (513) 569-7539
Media Contact: Leo Rosales (312) 353-6198

NOTE TO MEDIA: EPA Project Coordinator Steve Renninger and EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Leo Rosales will be available for interviews at the site today (Monday), from 2 to 4 p.m. They can be reached via the site trailer phone line: 973-235-0694.

For Immediate Release: November 2, 1998
No. 98-OPA329

Cleanup begins at Valleycrest Landfill site

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 said today that a comprehensive search for, and removal of, hazardous industrial waste at the Valleycrest Landfill site (Dayton, OH) will begin this week. The landfill is at 200 Valleycrest Dr., between Brandt Pike and Valley St. (The site is also known as the North Dayton Sanitary Landfill.)

The work will be performed by environmental contractors selected by the Valleycrest Landfill Site Group (VLSG), a group of companies responsible for hazardous materials sent to the site. The project follows an administrative order on consent agreement between EPA and VLSG, signed on September 15. A Chicago-based EPA Superfund emergency response team, as well as a team from Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) will monitor the project.

EPA geophysical surveys conducted this past May identified several areas with concentrations of buried metal objects, possibly including drums and other containers of hazardous material. Also, in June, construction of a landfill gas control system began. The system is designed to address potential hazards from gas produced by decaying waste at the site. Final operational adjustments to the landfill gas system will be completed in the next few weeks.

The 102-acre site was formerly a gravel pit, which accepted industrial and municipal waste from 1965 to 1975. It also accepted foundry sand, flyash, and baghouse dust in some areas of the site from the mid-1970's through 1989.

The project starting this week will involve removal of buried drums containing hazardous waste and other contaminated material. The materials will be disposed of at EPA-approved facilities. Excavated areas will be backfilled.

The project is expected to last several months. Residents with questions about the cleanup may call Leo Rosales, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, 800-621-8431.

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Construction to begin next week at Valleycrest Landfill - June 19, 1998

EPA Media Contact: Ginny Narsete (312) 886-4359
Leo Rosales (312) 353-6198
OEPA Media Contact: Lynne Barst (614) 728-0035

For Immediate Release: June 19, 1998
No. 98-OPA180

Construction to begin next week at Valleycrest Landfill

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) said today that construction of a landfill gas abatement system will begin next week--possibly as soon as late Monday, June 22-- at the Valleycrest Landfill site, Dayton, OH, between Brandt Pike and Valley Street. (The site is also known as the North Dayton Sanitary Landfill.)

Area residents can expect to see construction vehicles and workers in protective clothing over the next few weeks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires protective clothing when handling landfill debris. As a general precaution, residents are advised to keep children away from the site during construction.

The project also may temporarily give off unpleasant odors from the site. EPA and OEPA stress that the odors are not hazardous and should cease once the work is complete. Air monitoring will be conducted during digging work to ensure safety.

Once fully-installed, the abatement system will stop migration of landfill gas beyond the property. The system will consist of a series of about 40 vertical gas vents. The vents, which are about 20 feet deep, will be connected with above-ground horizontal piping for efficient control of the landfill gas.

A public meeting to update residents on the construction project, air monitoring, and removal of drums from the site will be held July 9, 7 p.m., at the Polish Club, 1472 Valley Street.

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