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Markham Dump Removal Site

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

On-Scene Coordinator
Steve Faryan (faryan.steven@epa.gov)
312-353-9351 or 800-621-8431, ext. 39351

Illinois EPA
Carol Fuller (carol.fuller@illinois.gov)
217-524-8807

Illinois EPA Project Manager
Charlene Thigpen (Charlene.Thigpen@illinois.gov)
847-294-4122

Background

1996 photo of leachate/storm water run off pond

On-Scene Coordinator Steve Faryan at the drum staging area. (More photos)

On April 1, 2011, EPA initiated a cleanup at the Markham Dump located at 160th and Irving Road in Cook County, Illinois. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had requested EPA's assistance to remove drums, containers, totes and "super sacks" of chemicals that were illegally disposed of at this open dump. IEPA also requested that EPA remove lead contaminated soil that was found on site from battery breaking operations. 

A tire fire at the site in April 2010 brought the illegal open dump to the attention of IEPA. The totes, drums, cylinders and bags and super sacks of chemicals had been open to the elements and were releasing to the soil and into storm water collecting on site. IEPA removed tires and other debris in 2010 at a cost of $1.3 million dollars. Ninety-eight truckloads of tires were hauled away for reuse. 

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June 2011

Cleanup Complete

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed a $400,000 cleanup at the 12-acre uncontrolled dump. In April 2011, EPA began removing and disposing of 2,000 tons of contaminated soil. EPA also uncovered and safely disposed of 110 containers of hazardous material.

The State of Illinois began the cleanup in 2010 by disposing of discarded tires, chemical drums, compressed gas cylinders, and numerous containers of solid and hazardous waste. A number of boats were also found at the site. Steps taken by the city of Markham to monitor and limit access to the site have helped deter additional dumping.

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