EPA Superfund Program: KANE & LOMBARD STREET DRUMS, BALTIMORE, MD

Superfund Site Profile

  • The 10 acre Kane & Lombard Street Drums Superfund site (Site) consists of a former landfill located near the intersection of Kane and Lombard Streets in Baltimore, MD.
  • Between 1962 and 1984 the site was part of an open dump where demolition, municipal and industrial wastes were disposed.
  • The site lies along an industrial and commercial strip, adjacent to a high school and public recreation area.  Residential developments and a large medical complex are located about a third of a mile from the site.
  • The groundwater beneath the site and in the vicinity is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including trichloroethene, 1,2-dichloroethene and vinyl chloride, as a result of past waste disposal.
  • The City of Baltimore supplies drinking water to area residents, and no residential wells are known to exist within a half-mile radius of the site.  Contaminated groundwater would present a future health risk, if the affected aquifer were used as a water supply.

TOPICS IN FOCUS

  • In March 2016, Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) began operating a groundwater pump and treat pilot system to evaluate the effectiveness of this method on reducing contaminant concentrations in groundwater.
  • An administrative consent order was signed with the PRPs for this site in April 2011 to perform a groundwater investigation under a Focused Feasibility Study (FFS).  The goal of the FFS, which is scheduled to be completed in March 2017, is to evaluate a cleanup method for contaminated groundwater.
  • EPA is evaluating the potential impacts of vapor intrusion (VI) from contaminants in groundwater at the Site. VI was found at two commercial properties. As a result, the PRPs installed VI mitigation systems at these locations. Monitoring and maintenance is on-going. Subsurface conditions surrounding the Site prevent VI into nearby residences.

SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
No
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Not Under Control
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
No