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Superfund Site Report: NINTH AVENUE DUMP
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (December 1982): The Ninth Avenue Dump covers 20 acres in Gary, Indiana, in a flat marsh area that has been partially filled in. Operations started in 1973 and ended in 1980. In 1975, the State documented the presence of an estimated 10,000 55-gallon drums (many of them empty) and found evidence suggesting that liquid wastes had been dumped on-site and allowed to percolate through the sandy soil. A State inspector estimated that 500,000 gallons of liquid industrial waste had been dumped and 1,000 drums buried on-site. Analyses identified the presence of various organic compounds and HEAVY METALS. When operations discontinued in 1980, over 250 deteriorating drums and six old tank trucks remained above ground. In fall 1980, the Department of Justice, on behalf of EPA, brought a Federal civil action seeking injunctive relief under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act against the owners and operators of the site. Status (July 1983): EPA and one of the responsible parties have negotiated a plan for site cleanup. Phase I calls for removal of the drums, tank trucks, junk, and grossly contaminated soils. All containerized wastes have been tested and classified, but removal of the remaining drums, trucks, and surface soil has been delayed because of problems in obtaining State permits for disposal. Contaminated surface soil has been scraped into a pile and covered with a plastic sheet.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Landfill
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater is contaminated with VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS) including BENZENE, TOLUENE, and xylenes; polycyclic aromatic HYDROCARBONS (PAHS); and HEAVY METALS including NICKEL and SILVER. On-site groundwater contains a hydrocarbon layer containing POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS), pesticides, VOCS, and PAHS.  More...

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    PHENOL X   
    TOLUENE    X

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No
    Aquifer discharges into: A sensitive ecological environment
      Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: No data
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for NINTH AVENUE DUMP:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

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    Surface water migration:
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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    EPA ID: IND980794432
    Address: 7357 W NINTH AVE
    GARY, IN 46402
    Other Names: NINTH AVENUE DUMP
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Industrial Waste Treatment
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? Yes
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 51 - 100
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

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