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TOMAH ARMORY

Abstract

Site Name:  TOMAH ARMORY
Address:  1MI NE OF LAKE TOMAH 
City & State:  TOMAH  WI  54660
County:  MONROE
 
EPA ID:  WID980610299
EPA Region:  05
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-97/097
ROD Date:  09/23/1997
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  Groundwater.
 
Contaminant:  Lead, trichloroethene, benzo(a)pyrene.
 
Abstract:  The Tomah Armory Landfill is located in the City of Tomah, Wisconsin. The site is bordered on the north by the City sewage disposal and treatment facility, to the east by Mill Street and a residential area, to the south by Arthur Street and a telephone museum, and to the west by Woodward Avenue which separates the site from open fields and an apartment complex to the west. Access to the site is not restricted.The City of Tomah owned the Armory Landfill until 1968. Landfilling occurred at the site from 1950 until sometime between 1955 and 1960. The Wisconsin Army National Guard (ARNG) purchased a portion of the site in mid-1968 to support Wisconsin ARNG activities associated with the administration, logistical support, and readiness of the unit. The remainder of the site is currently used for operation of the City of Tomah wastewater treatment plant, and the operation of the telephone museum.Until 1968, waste disposal methods consisted of excavation of 6 to 8 feet of surface soil, disposal of waste material in the excavated area, placement of a cover consisting of previously excavated top soil, and a final grading process. Some of the material disposed of in the landfill may have been burned before it was buried. Prior to the purchase of the property by the ARNG, a portion of the landfill was excavated and disposed of off site in order to construct some Armory Buildings. Also, during 1997, an area west of Woodward Avenue was excavated and the excavated material was disposed of off site. An area of the museum property was also graded, covered, and seeded.The site was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in mid-1987.
 
Remedy:  The remedy selected for this site is "no action." Contamination from the landfill poses no significant risk under the current land use and reasonably anticipated future land use at the site. In addition, groundwater monitoring has been proposed, since waste material will be left in place and because there is contaminated groundwater under the landfill itself.
 
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