Yeoman Creek Landfill
Community Involvement Coordinator
Heriberto León (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-886-6163 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66163
Remedial Project Manager
312-886-5736 or 800-621-8431, ext. 65736
US EPA attorney
312-886-6235 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66235
(where to view written records)
Waukegan Public Library
128 N. County St.,
The location of the approximately 70-acre Yeoman Creek Landfill is bounded by Lewis Avenue on the west, Glen Flora Avenue on the south, Sunset Avenue/Golf Road on the north, and Western Avenue/Buttrick Avenue on the east. The site operated as a landfill from 1959 to 1969. The landfill has no bottom liner and the underlying soils are permeable. Apartments, businesses and wetlands surround the site. Polluted liquid was observed seeping into Yeoman Creek, which runs through the site near its western boundary, since 1969, although the quantity decreased substantially after the site cover was upgraded in 1980. Polluted liquid from the landfill contains chemicals, elevated concentrations of metals and ammonia. Landfill gas was detected migrating off the site at levels above the lower explosive limit. The contaminated landfill gas presented a health risk to residents of the building where it was detected and the gases could have caused explosions.
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EPA completed its second Five-Year Review of the site in 2012 and discovered that although the active and passive gas management systems are effective based on routine operation and maintenance monitoring, the remedy has failed to control the migration of landfill gas in the northern portion of the site. The review includes the following protectiveness statement: "The remedy at the Yeoman Creek Landfill is not protective because the landfill gas (LFG) collection system is not operating as designed. Specifically, LFG above 50 percent of the lower explosive limit continues to migrate beyond the landfill boundary."
EPA is addressing this migration as a top priority through a phased approach. The Phase 1 protective measures—which included installing additional detectors and applying sealants to the basement floor, significant cracks in the basement wall, and sumps in an adjacent building to eliminate vapor intrusion pathways—were implemented in the summer of 2013. Phased II measures—which include vapor extraction and air sparging—are currently being designed, and EPA expects that they will be implemented by 2015. EPA continues to evaluate additional measures that may be needed.
EPA completed its first Five-Year Review of the site in 2007 and discovered that the remedy has failed to control the migration of landfill gas in the northern portion of the site. Institutional controls are needed for properties impacted by the site. The review includes the following protectiveness statement: "The remedy at the YCL is not protective because the landfill gas collection system is not operating as designed; i.e., landffill gas above 50% of the lower explosive limit continues to migrate beyond the landfill boundary..."
Most of the issues from the 2007 FYR have been addressed. On the northern portion of the site, contractors for the potentially responsible parties are constructing a new perimeter trench gas collection system. Construction of this system, drainage system improvements, grading, and seeding was completed in late 2009; however, migration of landfill gas on the northern portion continues to be a problem and is being studied.
- Yeoman Creek Landfill Status Presentation (18pp, 3.8 MB) May 2014
- Cleanup Action Begins This Month (PDF) (4pp, 58K) March 2002
- Solar Reuse Assessment (PDF) (12pp, 17.9MB) Nov. 2013
- Revised Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (40pp, 301K) January 2007
- Record of Decision (PDF) (115pp, 228K) September 1996
- Second Five-Year Review Report (PDF) (51pp, 2.2MB) February 2012
- First five-year review (PDF) (33pp, 1.68MB) February 2007