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Congressional District # 18


EPA ID# OHD980509830
Last Updated: February, 2015

Site Description

The 80-acre Coshocton Landfill, located in Coshocton County, Ohio, was used for coal strip mining for an extensive period in the mid-1900's. The city built and operated a landfill at the site from 1968 to 1979. In 1977, an area of the site caught fire and burned for three days. Drummed liquid wastes including alcohols, acetone, resins, xylene, perchloroethylene, mineral spirits, plasticizers and neoprene were landfilled at the site. These materials contaminated groundwater, surface water and soils. About 13,400 people live in the city of Coshocton, which is located about three miles from the site. The city water supply is not threatened by the site.

Site Responsibility

This site is being addressed through federal and county actions

Threats and Contaminants

Groundwater has been contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals. Sediments onsite contain VOCs and pentachlorophenol. Soils onsite contain VOCs and phenols. Heavy metals and VOC acetone are found in the surface water. Onsite workers and trespassers may be exposed to hazardous substances if they accidentally ingest or come into direct contact with the contaminated areas. 

Cleanup Progress

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) signed a Record of Decision for the landfill in June 1988 which called for capping the landfill and long-term groundwater monitoring.  A Consent Decree (CD) between the U.S. EPA and the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) was entered with the court on June 11, 1991. The PRPs designed the remedy, and in 1995-1996, they constructed a cap on the 40-acre landfill. Long-term monitoring is being conducted in order to ensure that contaminants do not leave the site. Low levels of contaminants have been detected offsite. No potable water supplies are currently threatened, but new wells installed down gradient from the site could be threatened. On September 25, 1995, a Preliminary Close Out Report (PCOR) was signed. The Report documented that the response actions were constructed consistent with the approved remedial design, and with the ROD. Groundwater monitoring occurring subsequently to the PCOR documented that contaminants were found below the clean-up levels. For this reason, U.S. EPA, with concurrence from the State of Ohio, deleted this site from the National Priorities List in October, 1998. The first five-year review Report for this site was signed January 21, 1999. The remedy selected remains protective of human health and the environment and complies with Federal and State requirements.  The second five-year review was conducted in January 2004, the third completed in November 2008, and the fourth five-year review was completed on November 27, 2013.  These reviews determined that the remedy continues to be protective of human health and the environment.  The next five-year review is scheduled for completion in 2018.


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
john fagiolo (fagiolo.john@epa.gov)
(312) 886-0800

Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA
susan pastor
(312) 353-1325




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