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Congressional District # 05


EPA ID# IND980794366
Last Updated: May, 2015

Site Description

The 72-acre Marion (Bragg) Dump Superfund site is located just outside of Marion, Indiana, which has a population of about 31,000.  The area is relatively flat with the Mississinewa River bordering the site on the east and the north.  A cemetery lies to the west, and a private, open area lies to the south.  The nearest residents are about one-quarter mile away.  Area residents depend on groundwater from private and municipal wells for their water supply.

The Marion (Bragg) Dump was formerly a gravel pit.  A 15 acre pond is found in the middle of the landfill and is connected to the upper aquifer; some wastes were disposed of along the edges of the pond. Some of the northern portion of the site is within the 100-year floodplain of the Mississinewa River.

The land was leased for the disposal of various wastes by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and the Bragg Construction Company. The Bragg disposal facility, which accepted municipal and other wastes, was closed in 1975, and the RCA facility closed around 1970.  A transfer station was opened at the site by Waste Reduction Systems in 1975, and it closed in 1977. The dump contains approximately 1,100,000 cubic yards of wastes, some of which are hazardous, including solvents, plasticizers, lead, and cadmium.   

Site Responsibility

The Marion (Bragg) Dump site is being addressed through federal, state, and potentially responsible party (PRP) actions.

Threats and Contaminants

Groundwater contamination was found in the shallow aquifer along the waste boundary by the river.  The major contaminant of concern in the aquifer is arsenic; however, manganese and iron are also found at elevated levels.  Contaminants do not impact river water quality.

No unacceptable risks have been found due to exposure to the water in the on-site pond. Nearby private drinking water wells are located downgradient across the river, but they are not affected since the contaminated aquifer discharges into the river. 

Cleanup Progress

Construction of the remedial action (RA) for operable unit one (surface soils and on-site wastes) was completed by September 1993. During this construction, the site was fenced, a landfill cap was installed and protected from floodwaters, the river bank was stabilized, and an investigation and monitoring program was undertaken to provide more information for the remedy selection for the groundwater (operable unit 2) and on-site pond (operable unit 3).

A group of six PRPs performed the RA under a mixed-funding Consent Decree (CD), entered in April 1991 and is performing the long-term monitoring. Under this Decree, a unit of the city is providing maintenance of the site. Another CD, in which five additional PRPs settled a cost recovery complaint, was entered in March 1997. A Proposed Plan for operable units 2 and 3 was issued in June 1997, and the Record of Decision (ROD) was signed on September 30, 1997. "No Action" was the selected remedy for these two operable units. With this ROD, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that its response at the site was complete.

Monitoring of the groundwater, the on-site pond, and the river will continue; during 2003 the frequency and the extent of monitoring were modified. A deed restriction has been placed on the property that constitutes the original facility to prevent access to groundwater and to protect the remedial work.  A deed restriction has also been placed on cemetery property to the west to prevent access to the groundwater.

In September 2000, 2005 and 2010 EPA completed five-year reviews (FYR) at the site.  The FYR reports determined that the selected remedy remained protective.  Copies of these reports are available in the site information repository in the Marion Library.

EPA plans to complete the next FYR at the Marion (Bragg) Dump site in the summer of 2015.


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
jenny davison (davison.jenny@epa.gov)
(312) 886-0184

Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA
janet pope
(312) 353-0628

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