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REESER'S LANDFILL

Abstract

Site Name:  REESER'S LANDFILL
Address:  OLD RTE 22 
City & State:  UPPER MACUNGIE TWP  PA  18051
County:  LEHIGH
 
EPA ID:  PAD980829261
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-89/064
ROD Date:  03/30/1989
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  NONE
 
Contaminant:  NONE
 
Abstract:  THE REESER'S LANDFILL SITE IS AN INACTIVE UNLINED MUNICIPAL REFUSE DUMP LOCATED APPROXIMATELY FIVE MILES WEST OF ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. THE SITE IS SITUATED IN A VALLEY USED PREDOMINANTLY FOR FARMING; HOWEVER, THERE ARE RESIDENCES TO THE WEST AND NORTHEAST. PRINCIPAL DRAINAGE IN THE AREA IS VIA IRON RUN, AND THE LANDFILL DRAINS VIA A SERIES OF SEEPS ALONG THE LANDFILL PERIMETER AND A NETWORK OF SURFACE CHANNELS. THE 15-ACRE LANDFILL IS LOCATED ON THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF A 51.5-ACRE PRIVATE PARCEL OF LAND, AND HISTORICALLY OPERATED AS AN OPEN PIT IRON MINE. AFTER MINING OPERATIONS CEASED LOCAL RESIDENTS USED THE SITE AS A DUMP, AND IN THE LATE 1960S THE PROPERTY WAS LEASED TO REESER'S HAULING SERVICE. THE LANDFILL, WHICH WAS NEVER ISSUED A SOLID WASTE PERMIT, REPORTEDLY RECEIVED A VARIETY OF WASTES INCLUDING DOMESTIC, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, AND DEMOLITION WASTES, AND POSSIBLY BATTERY WASTES AND DRUMS. IN 1981, AFTER A FIRE BURNED IN THE NORTHERN CORNER OF THE LANDFILL FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES ORDER MR. REESER TO PROPERLY CLOSE THE LANDFILL TO COMPLY WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPAL WASTE DISPOSAL REGULATIONS. THIS HAS YET TO BE CARRIED OUT. EPA INVESTIGATIONS HAVE DETERMINED THAT THERE IS NO DIRECT CONTACT THREAT FROM THE SITE SOILS OR FROM GROUND WATER. ADDITIONALLY, REESER'S LANDFILL HAS NOT ADVERSELY IMPACTED THE RECEPTOR STREAM, IRON RUN, AS EVIDENCED BY THE PRESENCE OF SIMILAR CONTAMINANT LEVELS UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM FROM THE SITE. THE WATER QUALITY OF OFFSITE AND ONSITE PONDS WAS ALSO SIMILAR. THEREFORE, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT NO REMEDIAL ACTION WAS NECESSARY. THERE ARE NO PRIMARY CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN AFFECTING THIS SITE.


THE REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THIS SITE IS A NO-ACTION REMEDY WITH GROUND WATER REVIEW WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
 
Remedy:  THE SELECTED ALTERNATIVE FOR THE REESER'S LANDFILL SITE IS NO ACTION WITH GROUND WATER REVIEW. UNDER THIS ALTERNATIVE, NO REMEDIAL ACTIONS WILL BE TAKEN AT THIS SITE AND GROUND WATER QUALITY IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE LANDFILL WILL BE REVIEWED WITHIN FIVE YEARS.
 
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