Superfund Site: FORT WAYNE REDUCTION DUMP, FORT WAYNE, IN
Superfund Site Profile
Fort Wayne Reduction is a 35-acre site located along the south bank of the Maumee River and situated in a 100-year old flood plain of the river. The site operated as a residential and industrial landfill and accepted hazardous wastes from 1966 to 1974. A remedial investigation and feasibility study, a study of the nature and extent of contamination and alternatives for cleanup began in 1986 and resulted in a cleanup plan to:
- Dig up drums and incinerate the drum contents.
- Construct a fence around the site.
- Install a ground water capture system to collect an treat ground water before entering the Maumee River.
- Install erosion mats and planting vegetation to reduce erosion during flooding.
Through a consent decree with EPA, Waste Management Inc. agreed to fund the cleanup and construction started in 1990 with drum removal occurring in 1993. Over 27,000 drums were removed from the site and final construction was completed in 1996.