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Address:  ROUTE 2 (ECKES ROAD) 
City & State:  SPENCER  WI  54479
EPA ID:  WID980902969
EPA Region:  05
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-98/095
ROD Date:  09/29/1998
Operable Unit(s):  02
Media:  Groundwater
Contaminant:  Metals, VOC
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 Spickler Landfill is located in a sparsely populated, rural area, at S-2550 Eckes Road in the town of Spencer, Marathon County, Wisconsin. The site is located on an eighty acre parcel of land, and consists of a ten acre landfill with two fill areas (Old and New Fill areas), separated by a crude oil pipeline right-of-way.

The Spickler Landfill was owned by Frederick Spickler and operated by Spickler's Sanitation Service in 1970 as a municipal open dump. The landfill accepted municipal and industrial wastes from July 1970 to March 1974. In December 1970, Wyandotte received approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) approved the construction of a clay-lined sludge disposal area ("the mercury brine pit") at the landfill. The mercury brine pit was used for disposal of mercury brine muds from January to April 1971. The mercury brine pit was closed with a clay cap in September 1971. Other industrial wastes known to have been disposed in the Spickler Landfill include kalo dust, which contained asbestos, toluene, xylenes, methyl-ethyl ketone, and methylene chloride.

In August 1972, Carmen Way purchased the property from Frederick Spickler, and the landfill was renamed Way's Sanitary Landfill. In late 1973, Lawrence Laddick and Vernon Verjinsky, owners of Midstate Disposal, purchased Way's Sanitary Landfill. Midstate Disposal operated the landfill until its closure in June 1975. In March 1974, WDNR ordered Midstate Disposal to terminate operations and close the landfill. In April 1975, Frederick Spickler re-purchased the land from Midstate Disposal. In August 1975, Kenneth Fuller purchased the property on land contract from Frederick Spickler. In November 1975, the land contract was assigned to John Rooney.

In July 1987, the Spickler Landfill was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). The Record of Decision (ROD) for Operable Unit (OU1) was signed in June 1992. The ROD addressed the closure and capping of the mercury brine pit and landfills, landfill gas control, leachate extraction and treatment, and groundwater monitoring. The ROD for OU2 addressed groundwater restoration, and was signed in September 1998.
BASF Corp. and Weyerhaeuser Co. signed an Administrative Order on Consent to conduct the remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS). The Order became effective on July 16, 1988. An Adminsitrative Order on Consent for remedial design was issued by EPA on September 30, 1993. On January 25, 1994, EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order directing the potential responsible parties to implement the remedial action described in the ROD for OU1. Construction of the remedy started in April 1994 and was completed in August 1995.
Remedy:  The remedy for Operable Unit (OU1) has eliminated all risks associated with direct contact with site soil through capping of the landfills, capping of the mercury brine pit, active landfill gas control, and leachate collection. Based on information collected to date, on-site groundwater contamination and the associated risks to human health and environment, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that it is unnecessary to require an active groundwater restoration remedy as OU2. Groundwater contamination at the landfill poses no significant risk under the current land use. With appropriate restrictions on access and construction on the site, groundwater contamination will pose no significant risk.

Although current site zoning by the town of Spencer does not prohibit residential future land use, protection against inappropriate land use will be put in place in the form of restrictive convenants pursuant to the OU1 remedy. Specifically, to enhance the likelihood and insure that future land use of the site remains appropriate considering the site contaminants, deed restrictions will be recorded on the title to the real estate on which the site is located.

The scope of the OU1 remedy requires long term commitments, and, except for any contingent additional response action for OU1, no further remedial action is necessary for this site. The continued effectiveness of the OU1 remedy in protecting human health and the environment will be confirmed through the five year remedy review process, which is scheduled for 1999. If it is determined that the OU1 remedy becomes ineffective, any contingent additional response action will be performed within the scope of that remedy.

Estimated Capital Costs: Not provided
Estimated Annual O&M Costs: Not provided
Estimated Present Worth Costs: Not provided
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