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AGRICULTURE STREET LANDFILL
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Are there risks at the site now?
No health or environmental problems detected; the school was built on top of 3 to 5 feet of clean fill.
Shallow Ground Water
Contaminated with elevated levels of metals. However, this aquifer is not used by humans and does not impact surface water.
Residential Areas - Soils
Surface Contamination (prior to the implementation of the 1997 Action Memorandum) - Marginal human health risk:
- 1.3 X 10-4 lifetime cancer risk (all contaminants of concern);
- 6.1% children with projected risk (Lead (Pb) concentrations 500 to 1,000 parts per million (pm)).
Future Surface Contamination - If landfill materials below the top foot of soils were exposed due to human activity, health risks would increase to:
- 5.0 X 10-4 lifetime cancer risk (all contaminants of concern);
- 63.8% children with projected risk (Pb concentrations 1,000 to 4,000 ppm).
Undeveloped Property Soils
Surface Contamination - Prior to the cleanup, contamination levels on the undeveloped property (OU1) ranged from 37.2 to 28,300 ppm lead. The site was covered with dense vegetation and surrounded with an 8-foot fence.
Future Surface Contamination - City zoned tracts "commercial."
The former Gordon Plaza Apartments were purchased and are currently being renovated. Three of the residential buildings, as well as most of the commercial building are renovated, and the renovation of the remaining 2 residential buildings will start soon.
The Housing Authority of New Orleans has completed the demolition and removal of the structures and debris of the abandoned Press Park Townhomes and apartment units.
Institutional controls (ICs) are non-engineered instruments, such as administrative and legal tools, that help minimize the potential for human exposure to contamination and/or protect the integrity of a remedy by limiting land use. As part of the January 2008 Consent Decree between EPA and the City of New Orleans, the city joined the Louisiana One Call system, to ensure all contractors and utility companies performing work at the site follow the excavation protocols described in EPA's Technical Abstract Utilities paper. A field demonstration on excavation and backfill procedures was conducted with the utility companies at the site on December 1, 1999 and a copy of the abstract was provided to each company to include in their standard operating procedures. Additional ICs that are in place includes: a locked eight-foot high security fence around the undeveloped property (OU1), to limit unauthorized access, conveyance notifications, and a city ordinance. In accordance with the terms in the 2008 Consent Decree, the city will repair the fence around the undeveloped property (OU1) as needed and cut the vegetation twice a year. The city ordinance ensures that any excavation performed on-site is in accordance with the protocol established by the EPA. A summary of the implemented ICs at the site are included in the 4th Five Year Review (September 2018) and EPA’s protocol for excavating in the area can be found in Appendix A and B of the Fourth 5-Year Review located in the “Site Documents and Data Section”.
In an ongoing effort to keep existing and new residents that live on-site informed, in October 2019 the City of New Orleans placed notices in the utility bills, to remind the residents of the response action EPA completed ln 2002 and the actions the city will implement on the undeveloped property (OU1) www.nola.gov/agstreet. The city will issue these notices on an annual basis.