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68th Street Dump
EPA ID: MDD980918387
Rosedale, Maryland 21237
Congressional District: 2nd
Other Names: 68th Street Landfill/ Industrial Enterprises, Inc.
Last Updated: January 2015
- Community Update - June 2013 (PDF) (8 pp, 424 k)
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- EPA proposed the Site for the NPL in January 1999 and re-proposed the Site in April, 2003.
- In May 2006, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and 19 settling parties signed a Consent Agreement to conduct the investigation and evaluation of cleanup options following EPA’s Superfund Alternative Site (SAS) process.
- The SAS process is identical to the Superfund program except the Site will not be finalized on EPA's National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is a list of hazardous waste sites that may pose long-term human health or environmental risks requiring investigation under the Superfund Program.
- EPA, the Settling Parties, and the Maryland Department of the Environment completed a Non-Time Critical Removal Action in June 2009 to remove hazardous debris from the surface of the landfills.
- A Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) to evaluate the extent of contamination and develop alternatives to clean up the site was completed in 2013.
- EPA held a public meeting, in May 2011, to discuss cleanup progress at the Site.
EPA held a public meeting, in June 2013, to discuss the Proposed Plan for the site cleanup.
The Record of Decision (ROD), which selected the Site remedy, was signed on September 30, 2013.
- The site team will continue to inform and seek input from the public regarding the future use of the site.
- In September 1953, Mr. Robb Tyler was issued a permit by the Maryland State Health Department allowing him to operate a sanitary landfill on property located near the town of Rosedale in Baltimore County, MD. The property became one of the properties now included in the 68th Street Dump Site.
- Over time, additional properties were also used for waste disposal, some of which was permitted and some which was not. The site grew to comprise five landfills in what became the current 239-acre site.
- The western edge of the 68th Street Dump Site is adjacent to the border between the City of Baltimore and Baltimore County.
- Historical operations included the landfilling of industrial and commercial refuse and uncooled incinerator ash from the city of Baltimore, as well as the use of pits for the dumping of waste oils and petroleum products.
- Throughout operation of the original landfill, inspection reports indicate numerous troubles associated with the disposal of wastes at this site including uncontrolled fires, inadequate covering of refuse, nuisance odors, improper disposal of drums and other salvageable materials, and the migration of oil and/or refuse into the adjacent surface waters of Herring Run and Moore’s Run.
- In July 1955, a state health department official recommended that the original landfill be closed.
- In 1956, Mr. Tyler leased a portion of land from Industrial Enterprises, Inc. and expanded his landfill and disposal operations. Inspection reports prepared during the active period of this landfill indicate that operations included the disposal of refuse in the floodplain, the dumping of waste oil into a pit excavated near Herring Run, and the salvaging of metal containers and cardboard. In addition, historical reports and recent visits to the site have documented the presence of various types of refuse on the ground surface, including tires, numerous 55-gallon drums, and other industrial wastes.
- In August 1979, state inspectors discovered approximately 23 drums buried in the western portion of this landfill. Samples of the materials in the drums revealed the presence of potentially hazardous concentrations of heavy metals.
- An additional dumping area, the island area landfill, was formed during Mr. Tyler’s landfilling and disposal operations. The island landfill is located in the Herring Run channel between the Industrial Enterprises landfill and the Baltimore County Pumping Station. Operations at this landfill included the spreading of uncooled incinerator ash and the landfilling of 55-gallon drums. Contamination from previous landfilling activities is also located in the north central portion of the site near Redhouse Run.
- A drum removal action was completed in 1981-1982 affecting a one acre area near the end of Quad Avenue.
- Ten drums were removed from the Redhouse Run Landfill during a 1984 removal action, and more than 40 drums were removed from the Island Landfill in 1985.
NPL Listing History
|Proposed: 1999||Re-Proposed: 2003|
- In the Spring of 2000, EPA conducted an Expanded Site Inspection, with follow-up sampling in February 2001.
- The Settling Parties combined this data with previous results and prepared an Interim Data Gap Analysis Report to identify areas requiring additional information.
- In the Summer of 2008, an early removal action was conducted to remove contaminated surface soils, containers, gas cylinders, empty drums and batteries.
- A Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) was completed in March 2013. The RI/FS evaluated the extent of contamination and developed alternatives to clean up the Site.
- EPA’s proposed cleanup plan was released for a 60-day public comment period on June 6, 2013.The plan summarized the RI/FS findings and identified EPA’s preferred cleanup strategies for the Site. Public comments were addressed in the Responsiveness Summary attached to EPA’s Record of Decision which was signed on September 30, 2013.
- The cleanup plan includes covering the landfills with two feet of clean soil and vegetating the surface with native plants, including treess, shrubs, and grasses. Leachate and groundwater will be treated by enhanced wetlands or collected in a trench and treated at a nearby wastewater treatment facility. Surface debris will be recycled or disposed, and landfill gas will be passively vented. Oily free-product will be extracted and treated and stream banks will be restored.
- Access and future use of the Site will be restricted. A Reuse Assessment identified passive recreational uses and the construction of a solar facility as potentially successful scenarios for the future reuse of the site.
- Hazardous substances detected at the site include volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and metals.
- Surface water bodies associated with the site include Herring Run, Moore’s Run, and Redhouse Run.
- Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the 68th Street Dump site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
Baltimore County Public Library
6105 Kenwood Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21237
Theresa Murphy, Manager
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street-6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record*
* The documentation record provided is available at the time of proposal for informational purposes. An official copy of the documentation record and the documents referenced in it are available at the EPA Region 3 NPL Public Docket at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for Environmental Information.
- Document ID SFUND-2003-0009-0075[April 1, 2003; PDF; 159 pages; ]
- Appendix B-D [pdf, 98 pages]
- Appendix E-G [pdf, 118 pages ]
- November 2000: Aerial Photographic Analysis, Colgate Pay Dump Site, Baltimore, MD (HRS Pkg. Ref. No. 78 ) [PDF, 39 pages, 6.45 Mb)
- January 2000: Aerial Photographic Analysis, Industrial Enterprises Site, Rosedale, MD (HRS Pkg. Ref. No. 12) [PDF, 43 pages, 7.64 Mb)
- December 1996: Aerial Photographic Analysis, 68th Street Dump, Baltimore, MD (HRS Pkg. Ref. No. 6) [PDF, 28 pages, 4.74 Mb)
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NOTE: This online version does not include the five oversized figures in Appendix A. These are available separately below (See Figures 2-6).
- Figure 1-Site Location Map (PDF) (1 p, 1.1MB)
- Figure 2- 2000 ESI Sampling Location Map (Sources 1 and 2)
- Figure 3- 2000 ESI Sampling Location Map (Sources 3-5)
- Figure 4- Probable Points of Entry Map (Sources 1 and 2)
- Figure 5- Probable Points of Entry map (Sources 3-5)
- Figure 6- 15-Mile Target Distance Limit Map
- This is Superfund: A Community Guide to EPA's Superfund Program (PDF) (12 pp, 1.1MB)
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- Fact Sheets
June 2013 (PDF) (8 pp, 424 k)
March 2011 (PDF) (2pp, 127 k)
October 2009 (PDF) (2pp, 177 k)
February 2009 (PDF) (2pp, 253 K): Superfund Update
April 2008 (PDF) (2pp, 197 k)
March 2008 (PDF) (2pp, 126 K): Final Fact Sheet
May 2006 (PDF) (4pp, 716 K): Proposed rule, National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposed Rule No. 2
Revegetation (PDF) (12 pp, 99.6 k)
- Federal Register
04/30/2003: National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposed Rule No. 39. ACTION: Proposed rule.
01/19/1999: Proposed rule, National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposed Rule No. 27
- Public Notice
July 2013 (PDF) (1 p, 62.9 k)
June 2013 (PDF) (1 p, 194 k)
- This site currently does not meet the criteria for Site-wide Ready for Anticipated Use; however a reuse assessment was prepared by the settling parties.
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