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Sauer Dump Proposed for Superfund List

Release Date: 03/08/2011
Contact Information: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

PHILADELPHIA (March 8, 2010) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is proposing the addition of the Sauer Dump in Dundalk, Md. to the Superfund National Priorities List.

The National Priorities List is a national list of sites where hazardous contaminants could impact public health and/or the environment. National Priorities List sites undergo a thorough investigation to determine the full nature and extent of contamination. EPA or the parties responsible for the contamination then address whatever risks the sites pose to human health and the environment.

The 2.48 acre site, located adjacent to and behind 4225 Lynhurst Road, is being proposed to the National Priorities List because the soil and sediment at the site contain high concentrations of semi-volatile organic compounds, metals, PCBs and pesticides. PCBs and lead are the primary contaminants of concern due to their extreme concentrations.

The partially wooded property is an inactive, privately-owned, unpermitted, former dump. The property was originally a marshland that was filled and stabilized by a past owner. During dump operations from the 1960s through the 1980s, hazardous substances were improperly stored and disposed of on the property.

Once a site has been proposed for inclusion to the National Priorities List, there is a 60-day comment period. A final decision on listing sites will be made after EPA has evaluated and responded to all the public comments in writing.

The Sauer Dump site is one of 15 sites nationwide that EPA is proposing to the National Priorities List today.

For Federal Register notices and supporting documents for this and other proposed sites, visit: