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Congressional District # 07


EPA ID# OHD980612188
Last Updated: November, 2011

Site Description

The Tremont City Barrel Fill Site is located about 1.5 miles west of Tremont City, Ohio and about 3.5 miles northwest of Springfield, Ohio. The Barrel Fill Site includes 8.5 acres and is located on the northwest end of the larger 80-acre Tremont City property, which also includes a landfill and waste transfer facility.  The Site includes the Barrel Fill and any nearby area or media, such as groundwater, contaminated from the Barrel Fill.  The approximate 58-acre Tremont City landfill is immediately south of the Barrel Fill and waste transfer facility.  The waste transfer facility is a 14-acre parcel immediately east of the Barrel Fill. 

In 1976, Ohio EPA permitted the disposal of containerized and uncontainerized liquid waste in the Barrel Fill.  From 1976 to 1979, about 51,500 drums and about 300,000 gallons of industrial waste were disposed of in the waste cells. Land application and shallow injection of liquid biodegradable wastes from the food industry occurred on a portion of the Barrel Fill between 1979 and 1980. In 1980, a soil cover was placed over the Barrel Fill and augmented in subsequent years, resulting in a soil cover thickness of 10 to 17 feet over the waste cells.

In approximately 1997, U.S. EPA took over responsibilities from Ohio EPA as the lead regulatory Agency for the former Tremont City Barrel Fill Site.


Site Responsibility

The site is being addressed through federal and potentially responsible parties' actions.

Threats and Contaminants

In 2002, a U.S. EPA contractor completed a Site Investigation of the former Tremont City Barrel Fill, landfill and waste transfer facility properties.  The Site Investigation Summary showed that inorganic and organic contaminant releases from wastes at the Site are continuing to impact media, including groundwater and soil.  A number of detected concentrations exceeded background for soil and U.S. EPA maximum contaminant levels for groundwater.

Cleanup Progress

In October 2002, U.S. EPA negotiated an Administrative Order by Consent (a legal agreement) with PRPs for the PRPs to perform an RI/FS at the Tremont City Barrel Fill Site and to reimburse U.S. EPA for its oversight costs. 

In November 2006, U.S. EPA approved the PRPs' RI Report for the Tremont City Barrel Fill Site. The RI showed that the underground waste and drums include a wide variety of contaminants. There are volatile and semi-volatile organic chemicals (VOC and SVOC) and metals levels above screening values in the groundwater. Sediment sampling results exceed ecological screening criteria.

The 2006 RI Report for the Tremont City Barrel Fill Site showed that there is a reasonably anticipated, unacceptable risk to site maintenance workers and trespassers from potential exposure to future groundwater to surface water discharge.

In November 2008, U.S. EPA, in consultation with Ohio EPA, issued an approval with modifications letter in 2008 for the PRPs' July 2008 FS for the Tremont City Barrel Fill Site.  In January 2009, the PRPs issued an FS Addendum that included variations of the excavation alternatives and an additional containment alternative involving vertical extraction wells.  U.S. EPA provided the PRPs a response to that Addendum.  

The PRPs issued a revised FS Addendum in April 2009 that U.S. EPA approved with modifications in February 2010.  U.S. EPA issued the Proposed Plan in June 2010 that identified U.S. EPA's preferred alternative to clean up the Site.  This preferred alternative involves excavation of all waste, off-site disposal and treatment of liquid and hazardous waste, and placement of non-hazardous, solid waste in an engineered waste cell on-site. 

U.S. EPA presented the Proposed Plan, identifying the Preferred Remedial Alternative, to the public in Springfield, Ohio in June 2010.  The public comment period closed August 11, 2010.  U.S. EPA is currently reviewing comments received on the Proposed Preferred Remedial Alternative.  Comments submitted include a newly proposed cleanup alternative from a PRP.   U.S. EPA determined that a Remedial Alternative significantly different from the June 2010 Preferred Remedial Alternative is the best choice to clean up the site, and issued a revised Proposed Plan in May 2011 and re-opened the public comment period.  The re-opened public comment period ran from May 31 to July 30, 2011.  U.S. EPA presented the new Proposed Plan to the public in Springfield, Ohio on June 22.  On September 28, 2011, U.S. EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the site, documenting the selected cleanup action of Alternative 9a.

Community Involvement

U.S. EPA meets periodically with the Community Advisory Group, the Citizens for Wise Approaches Toward Environmental Resources (CF/WATER), to update the group on Site cleanup progress.

Congressional Interest

There has been Congressional interest from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, U.S. Representative Steve Austria (Beavercreek), and U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (Urbana).


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
jena sleboda (sleboda.jena@epa.gov)
(312) 353-1263



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