Community Involvement Coordinator
Susan Pastor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-353-1325 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31325
Remedial Project Manager
Thomas L. Smith (email@example.com)
(800) 886-6217 Ext. 66217
(where to view written records)
Tomah Public Library
716 Superior Ave.
The Tomah Municipal Sanitary Landfill site was operated by the city of Tomah from 1959 to 1979, when it closed out of concern for groundwater quality. The landfill accepted municipal and industrial waste on an 18-acre portion of the property located on Noth Street. Waste was placed in shallow, unlined trenches, then covered with soil. When waste material became saturated with rain water, chemicals seeped into soil and groundwater underneath the landfill.
Harmful and explosive gas was also created in the landfill as a result of decomposing waste. This gas moved through openings in waste and soil toward a subdivision south of the landfill.
The landfill was cleaned up in 2000 when a cover, made of a thick synthetic membrane and several feet of clay, was placed over the landfill. It was topped with a layer of soil and vegetation. In addition, a gas extraction system was installed to safely vent landfill gases into the air.
Groundwater was cleaned up in 2005 using natural processes, monitoring, testing of Deer Creek, and land-use restrictions to prevent the use of groundwater in contaminated areas.
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EPA completed a review of the site's cleanup. This type of review is required at least every five years where the cleanup is complete but hazardous waste remains managed on-site. These reviews are done to ensure that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment.
The review included:
- An evaluation of background information
- Cleanup requirements
- Effectiveness of the cleanup and any anticipated future actions
- Maintenance and monitoring efforts
- An analysis of ways for EPA to operate more efficiently
The review found that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. The next scheduled review will be in 2019.
- Record of Decision (PDF) (18pp, 37K) September 1996
- Remedial Investigation Report (PDF) (303pp, 13.2MB) July 1996
- Third Five Year Review (PDF) (28 pp, 4.2MB) September 2012
- Second five-year review (PDF) (27pp, 1.3MB) September 2007
- First five-year review (PDF) (18pp, 203K) September 2002
- Federal register notice of deletion from NPL August 2001
- Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) (PDF) (45pp, 1.6MB) July 1995