Superfund Site: TOFTDAHL DRUMS

Superfund Site Profile


The 15-acre Toftdahl Drum site is located in Brush Prairie, four miles east-southeast of Battleground, Washington. Mr. Toftdahl used the site in the early 1970s to clean used drums for resale. Mr. Toftdahl received drums containing industrial waste allegedly from a plywood manufacturer. Some of the drums that could not be cleaned were crushed, placed in a trench and covered with dirt. The new property owners rediscovered buried drums on the site in 1970 when they were leveling the ground over the trench. The buried drums contaminated soil, groundwater and surface water with heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities and monitoring are ongoing. EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1988.