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Madison County Sanitary Landfill

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Western edge of the Madison County Landfill site

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD981019235
Location: Madison, Madison County, FL
Lat/Long: 26.198330, -080.152210
Congressional District: 02
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final: 08/30/90
Affected Media: Debris, Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction complete - physical cleanup activities have been completed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Site is not in use – potential for future public or recreational use
Site Manager: Joe Alfano (alfano.joe@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Madison County Sanitary Landfill site includes the area where a landfill received domestic and industrial waste from 1971 until 1980. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1990 because of contaminated soil and ground water resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the City of Madison, Madison County and ITT Corporation, the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs), have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. By monitoring ground water and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, FDEP and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 90-acre site is part of a 126-acrea area owned by Madison County located east of Rocky Ford Road in Madison County, Florida, approximately two miles northeast of Madison. The site includes an 8.7-acre Yard Trash Area where disposal of large bulk debris associated with construction and demolition activities took place. Undeveloped land, agricultural land and rural residential areas border the site to the north, south, east and west.

From 1971 to March 1980, the City of Madison and local industries disposed of waste at the landfill. Municipalities and several companies, including ITT Corporation, dumped waste material into the landfill. Madison County assumed operation of the landfill in 1980.

In 1990, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Madison County currently uses the site for municipal purposes, including a recycling facility, storage for the county’s Department of Transportation, an aircraft hangar and a landing strip. The landfill area is fenced and gated.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contaminated ground water and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern identified include dichloroethanedichloroethene (DCE)trichloroethene (TCE) and vinyl chloride. Contaminated ground water is contained within the site property boundaries.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The City of Madison, Madison County and ITT Corporation, the site’s PRPs, lead cleanup activities with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1992, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD.

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Cleanup Progress

In 1984 and 1985, parties removed contaminated soil and approximately 40 drums from the landfill. PRPs conducted cleanup activities from 1995 until 1997. In 1996, PRPs completed installation of the site’s ground water treatment system and installed three recovery wells in the Yard Trash Area. PRPs inspect the landfill quarterly.

The site’s fourth Five-Year Review, completed in 2010, found the cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with site PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continue to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA worked with the community and its state partner to develop a long-term cleanup plan for the site, reflecting the Agency’s commitment to safe, healthy communities and environmental protection. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.

EPA conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices and public meetings.

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Future Work

Ground water treatment and monitoring are ongoing at the site. An investigation for additional contaminated material near the landfill began in 2011.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2010 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2015.

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Additional Information

EPA keeps additional site documents and information in a site information repository at the location below. EPA also posts site documents, when available, on EPA’s CERCLIS Site Profile page. For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.

Site Repository

North Florida Junior College
Turner Davis Drive
Madison, FL 32340

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