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City & State:  NEWLIN TOWNSHIP  PA  19320
County:  CHESTER
EPA ID:  PAD000441337
EPA Region:  03
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-99/131
ROD Date:  09/27/1999
Operable Unit(s):  04
Media:  Groundwater
Abstract:  The Strasburg Landfill Site is located on a 302-acre tract of land in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Two streams that make up the southern and western borders of the landfill receive all the runoff from the landfill. Land use in this area is mostly suburban residential with some agricultural areas. Approximately 300 homes are within a one-mile vicinity of the landfill, all of which receive their water from groundwater wells.

Before Strasburg Associates Inc. (SAI) purchased the site in 1973 the area was used primarily for agriculture or it was undeveloped. In February of 1979, SAI opened the landfill to receive municipal waste. A few months later their permit was expanded to receive certain industrial and heavy metal waste. Then in July of the same year they began to accept sewage sludge and manufacturing waste. During an inspection in 1983 major violations were found at the landfill. This lead to operations at the landfill being suspended in May of 1983. The site was finalized on the National Priorities List in March of 1989.

Four Records of Decision (RODs) have been completed at this site. The first ROD Operable Unit 1 (OU 1) addressed contaminated residential wells and leachate releases into surface water and groundwater near the landfill. Under the first action, leachate is now collected, treated, and discharged on site. The action for OU 1 has been fully implemented. The second ROD (OU 2) addressed site access and security. Under this action, the landfill portion of the Site has been enclosed by a security fence and additional warning signs have been posted. The third ROD addressed the landfill itself and the leachate emanating from it. The landfill has been regraded and capped with a multilayered impermeable cap. A new treatment plant has been constructed to treat the collected leachate. The treatment plant also treats landfill gases that are collected from an active venting system. The areas surrounding the Site have been regraded with topsoil and reseeded.


OU4 deals specifically with the groundwater associated with the Strasburg Landfill Site. It focuses on adverse health affects that could pose a threat to human health or the environment. In September 1999 the EPA issued a "no action" decision for this OU in a Record of Decision.
Remedy:  The remedy selected by the EPA for Operable Unit 4 is "no action". Under this alternative, EPA plans to take no action beyond continued operation and maintenance of the first three remedies of the site. EPA will continue to monitor groundwater at the site. Monitoring of on-site monitoring wells will occur quarterly for the first two years, semi-annually the following two years, and annually for the next three years. A review of the selected remedy will occur at least every five years to confirm that contamination does not remain on the site and is protective of human health and the environment. The 5 year reviews can also trigger further response if unacceptable risks are discovered or site conditions change.

Estimated Capital Cost: Not Provided
Estimated Annual O&M Cost: Not Provided
Estimated Present Worth Cost: Not Provided
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