Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

SUFFOLK CITY LANDFILL
SUFFOLK, VA

Cleanup Activities

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Background

The 67-acre Suffolk City Landfill site is located in Suffolk, Virginia. A sanitary landfill began operating at the site in 1967. The landfill accepted municipal solid waste, pesticides and chemical waste. Waste disposal activities contaminated soil and groundwater. Landfill operations ended in 1985 when a regional landfill became operational. The City designed a closure plan, which was submitted to the State. The city covered, graded, and replanted the landfill in 1988. After EPA assessed the site, it was added to the National Priorities List (NPL) in February 1990.

After initial actions, EPA determined that the site required no further cleanup. EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List in 1995. Landfill gas monitoring and groundwater sampling are ongoing.

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What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?

As part of a legal agreement, the City of Suffolk installed a leachate collection and treatment system at the Site. Under orders from the State, the City of Suffolk agreed to conduct an intensive study of soil and groundwater contamination at the site to determine its nature and extent and to recommend strategies for its cleanup. The study, completed in 1992, showed that pesticide contamination no longer exists at the site. Scientific information on pesticides has shown that these substances are prone to degrading naturally over time. Therefore, no other actions are required at the site. EPA has deleted the site from the National Priorities List in 1995.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

 

The City of Suffolk monitors landfill gas and collects groundwater samples from the Site. EPA deleted the site from the National Priorities List in 1995.

EPA has conducted several five-year reviews of the site’s remedy. These reviews ensure that the remedies put in place protect public health and the environment, and function as intended by site decision documents. The most recent Five-Year Review (PDF) was completed in 2014.

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