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EPA ID: MDD981038334
Dundalk, MD 21222
Congressional District: 1st
Other Names: None
Last Updated: February 2015
- Remedial Investigation (RI) Begins - September 2013 (PDF) (2 pp, 233 K )
- Sauer Dump Added to Federal Cleanup List (PDF) (2 pp, 227 K)
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- The Sauer Dump Superfund Site was listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in early March 2012. While field work will not begin for several months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working hard, behind the scenes, overseeing the conduct of the Remedial Investigation.
- The Remedial Investigation is currently in progress and the responsible parties collected sediment, surface water, ground water and soil samples in the summer of 2014. Historical sampling on the Site was reviewd and sampling took place in areas where data gaps were identified.
- The Maryland Department of the Environment is supporting the EPA in providing oversight of field activities at the Sauer Dump.
- Additional ground water sampling will take place through the spring of 2015 and the responsible parties will continue with the Risk Assessment, which is part of the RI.
- Once the Remedial Investigation is complete, this information will be used to support the Feasibility Study, which is an evaluation of the methods and technologies available to clean up the Site.
- The Sauer Dump is located in Dundalk, Baltimore County, Maryland on a partially wooded lot, including wetlands and shoreline.
- The dump was an unpermitted facility used as a salvage yard, a dump and a landfill.
- The improper storage and disposal of hazardous substances has contaminated the environment.
NPL Listing History
|Status: Proposed March 2011||
Added: March 2012
- In December 2005, EPA issued an Administrative Order for Removal to the Sauer Dump responsible parties, mandating that property owners place a fence around the property to restrict access, install a temporary cover system over contaminated areas to mitigate erosion of surface soils, and protect the shoreline from erosion.
- As a result of the 2005 Order, a chain-link fence now restricts public access to the majority of Sauer Dump, plastic nylon-reinforced polyethylene sheeting covers a small area of Sauer Dump disturbed during remedial investigations, and shoreline erosion structures such as coconut fiber logs have been installed to prevent erosion.
- In January 2007, a contractor to Maryland Department of the Environment conducted an extent of contamination study of Sauer Dump that included surface and subsurface soil, sediment, and surface water sampling.
- Aroclor 1260 was the most commonly detected PCB compound, identified in 25 of the 32 surface soil samples and 8 of the 9 subsurface soil samples. Lead was detected in all of the surface and subsurface soil samples.
- The Sauer Dump Superfund Site was listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in March 2012.
- Assessments conducted between 1985 and 2005 by EPA and the Maryland Department of the Environment indicate that concentrations of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), metals, PCBs, and pesticides in soil and sediment exceed various risk-based screening levels.
- PCBs and lead are the primary contaminants of concern due to their very elevated concentrations.
- Sediments and wetlands adjacent to the site are contaminated and present a risk to the environment.
- 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 Sauer Dump site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street-6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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- Fact Sheets
September 2013 (PDF) (2 pp, 233 K )
May 2012 (PDF) (2 pp, 227 K )
March 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 44.6 K)
- Press Releases
03/13/2012 - Sauer Dump added to National Priorites List
03/08/2011 - Sauer Dump Proposed for Superfund List
- This site currently does not meet the criteria for Site-wide Ready for Anticipated Use; however parts of the site may be suitable for reuse.
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