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Marion (Bragg) Dump

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628

Remedial Project Manager
Jenny Davison, (davison.jenny@epa.gov), 312-886-0184 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60184

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Marion Public Library
600 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953

Background

The Marion (Bragg) Dump site covers 72 acres and is located just outside of Marion, which has a population of about 31,000. The area is relatively flat with the Mississinewa River bordering the site on the east and the north. A cemetery lies to the west and a private, open area lies to the south; the nearest residents are about one-quarter mile away. The landfill was formerly a gravel pit. The land was leased for the disposal of various wastes by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and the Bragg Construction Company. The Bragg disposal facility, which accepted municipal and other wastes, was closed in 1975, and the RCA facility closed around 1970. A transfer station was opened at the site by Waste Reduction Systems in 1975, and it closed in 1977. The dump contains approximately 1,100,000 cubic yards of wastes, some of which are hazardous, including solvents, plasticizers, lead, and cadmium. Residents in the area depend on groundwater from private and municipal wells for their water supply. A 15 acre pond in the middle of the landfill is connected to the upper aquifer; some wastes were disposed of along the edges of the pond. Some of the northern portion of the site is within the 100-year floodplain of the Mississinewa River.

Site Responsibility
This site is being addressed through federal, state, and potentially responsible parties' actions.

Threats and Contaminants
Groundwater contamination was found in the shallow aquifer along the waste boundary by the river. The major contaminant of concern in the aquifer is arsenic; manganese and iron are also at elevated levels. No effect on the river has been found. No unacceptable risks have been found due to exposure to the water in the onsite pond. Private drinking water wells across the river, which are the only wells nearby that are in the downgradient direction, have not been threatened or affected since the contaminated aquifer discharges into the river.

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March 2015

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, in consultation with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, is conducting a five-year review of the Marion Bragg Dump Superfund Site immediately southwest of the Mississinewa River near Marion.  The Superfund law requires regular checkups of sites that have been cleaned up – with waste managed on-site – to make sure the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment.  This is the fourth five-year review of this site.

EPA’s cleanup of the contamination at the site consisted of fencing the perimeter of the area, installing a landfill cap and protecting it from the floodwaters, stabilizing the riverbank, and imposing limits on the use of the site.  A monitoring program is in place to provide more information on the progress of the clean-up of ground water, the on-site pond, and river. 
More information is available at the Marion Public Library, located at 600 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana and on this web page. The review should be completed by June 2015.
The five-year review is an opportunity for you to tell EPA about site conditions and any concerns you have.

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