Superfund Site Profile
The 120-acre Petersen Sand & Gravel site is located north of Libertyville in Lake County, Illinois. Raymond Petersen purchased land in 1952 to mine sand and gravel. The company later dumped non-hazardous wastes, solvents and paint wastes in buried drums at the site between 1955 and 1958. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency inspected the site in 1971 and ordered it to close because of illegal dumping. The dumping contaminated groundwater, surface water and sediments with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Following cleanup, the Lake County Forest Preserve District (LCFPD) converted the quarry into a 115-acre recreational lake, which opened to the public in 2001.