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Address:  BUSH RD POB 246 
City & State:  ABINGDON  MD  21009
County:  HARFORD
EPA ID:  MDD980504195
EPA Region:  03
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-95/198
ROD Date:  09/26/1995
Operable Unit(s):  01
Abstract:  Please note that the text in this document summarizes the Record of Decision for the purposes of facilitating searching and retrieving key text on the ROD. It is not the officially approved abstract drafted by the EPA Regional offices. Once EPA Headquarters receives the official abstract, this text will be replaced.

The Bush Valley Landfill Site is located in the northeastern portion of Harford County, Maryland. The landfill is 29 acres in size. The area where landfilling operations actually took place is 1200 feet within the 29 acrea parcel. The landfill was designed as a trench and fill operation. Landfill design drawings indicate that there were ten trenches covering approximately 16 acres. Although initially designed as a trench and fill operation; once the trenches were full wastes were apparently pilod on top of the trenches. This would account for the elevation of the landfill above the ground surface.

The area westo, south and north of the site is primarily residential.

The Bush Valley Landifll property has been owned by the Harris and Braxton families for many years. Three generations ago, the Harris and Braxton families used the landf for grazing cattle and raising crops. In 1974, in order to expand their business to include landfilling of soild waste, leased the property. On August 25, 1975 DHMH permitted the site for use and operation as a municipal solid waste landfill. Although the trench system of landfilling was used at the site, both DHMH and Harford County Health Departemtn inspectin reports indicate that the operators of the landfill did not adhere to the site plan or the operation procedures outlined in the permit. Bush Valley Landfill, Inc. And Lloyd Harris were cited for, among other things, improper sloping of the trenches, refuse overflow from one trench to another, water accumulation in the trenches, and lack of daily soil cover. In addition, Lloyd Harris may have accepted hazardous waste at the landfill. Furthermore, there are reprots of drums being disposed of at the landfill. Finally, on numerous mornings, wastes were found on top of the daily soil cover that had been applied the previous day, indicating that
Remedy:  The selected remedy establishes containment as the presumptive remedy for the municipal landfill. The remedy includes the following major components: a single barrier cover system over the landfill; landfill gas management system; monitoring system for adjacent wetlands, streams and groundwater; and land-use and access restrictions.
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