The EPA reports that it has removed the Hyde Park Landfill Superfund Site in Niagara Falls, New York from the Superfund list. After years of cleanup and monitoring activities, the EPA has deemed the cleanup successful.
The Niagara Falls Landfill spans 15-acres. It was used as a disposal site for an estimated 80,000 tons of chemical waste. The land fill was in operation between 1952 and 1975. As a result, ground water and the sediment in Bloody Run Creek and Niagara Gorge Face, were contaminated with volatile organic compounds. The site was added to the Superfund list in 1983.
Cleanup activities involved capping the landfill and the area surrounding it, groundwater treatment activities, removal of contaminated sediments, and 20 years of on-going monitoring to track the cleanup progress. Cleanup activities were completed in 2003, and monitoring has continued since then. An easement was placed on the property in 2010 to prevent use in ways that could cause damage to the cap that is in place over the site.
Though the site has been taken off of the Superfund list, the EPA will continue to monitor it, in case a change in site conditions occurs and causes need for further cleanup.
The Hyde Park Landfill is the fourth Superfund site in Niagara Falls, NY to be taken off the Superfund list.
More information about the Hyde Park Landfill is available in the EPA news release.