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Buckeye Reclamation Landfill

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Virginia Narsete (narsete.virginia@epa.gov)
312-886-4359 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64359

Remedial Project Manager
Colleen Moynihan (moynihan.colleen@epa.gov)
312-353-8169 or 800-621-8431, ext. 38169

Ohio EPA
Kristin Vanecko
(kris.vanecko@epa.state.oh.us)
740-380-5271

Repositories

(where to view written records)

St Clairsville Public Library
108 W. Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 
Hours 10:00am to 4:00pm

Background

The Buckeye Reclamation Landfill site is located approximately 4 miles southeast of St. Clairsville and 1.2 miles south of Interstate 70 in Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio. The BRL site occupies around 100 acres of a 658-acre tract of land owned by the Ohio Resources Corp. (affiliated with Cravat Coal Co.). The landfill segment extends 3,700 feet north to south and is 500 to 1,000 feet wide.

The Buckeye Reclamation Landfill, licensed in 1971, was a mixed municipal and industrial waste landfill located on and adjacent to pre-1950s deep underground coal mines. Landfilling operations occurred on 50 acres of land and the majority of industrial sludge and liquids was deposited in a waste pit. Most of the industrial sludge and liquids accepted by the landfill were received between 1976 and 1979 and deposited in or near the northern portion of the site, shortly thereafter the Buckeye Reclamation was listed on the National Priorities List as a Superfund site.

The Agency issued a document called a "record of decision" or ROD outlining a cleanup plan in 1991. The construction of a landfill cap as well as leachate/groundwater/surface water collection and treatment by a constructed wetland system, The groundwater/leachate collection system collects and pipes the groundwater to the southern portion of the landfill where it combines with Kings Run surface water. Kings Run is now lined and re-routed so surface water no longer flows through the landfill. Wetland system overview. The final design of the wetland system built in 2011 was based on water flow rates and water quality determined from extensive data collected from 2001 to 2011 of actual landfill discharges.

The third ESD issued in 2011 modified the total size and cell composition of the wetland system to reflect the actual degree of treatment necessary to manage current site conditions. Because of all the studies, two ponds totaling around one-half acre were constructed and will serve to manage excess surface water discharges. The primary purpose of Pond 1 is to raise the pH level of the excess discharges and provide passive aeration. The aeration or airing will add oxygen to the water so iron will drop out. The primary purpose of Pond 2 is to settle and capture the iron released by the aeration. The iron will flow through a living filter provided by the various wetland plants.

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August 2012 Update

EPA held an open house for the public on August 29 for residents who are interested in learning more about the constructions of the wetland system. Monitoring activities continue at the Buckeye Reclamation Landfill this summer with officials watching how a new wetland treatment system performs.

In fall 2011, the parties potentially responsible for the cleanup (called PRPs) constructed a treatment wetland system at the southern portion of the landfill under U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA oversight. U.S. EPA officials believe the wetland system will adequately retain the groundwater and water running over the landfill and treat this discharged water, raise the pH level, and improve surface water quality in Kings Run Stream. "Groundwater" is a term for underground supplies of water.

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