Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at Proposal (August 23, 1994): The Agriculture S treet Landfill site is located in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Lo uisiana, approximately 3 miles south of Lake Pontchartrain. The site is bounded on the north by Higgins Boulevard, on the east by Piety Street, on the south by Florida Avenue, and on the west by Almonaster Avenue. The Agriculture Street Landfill site was used as a municipal landfill as early as 1910. There is little information availabl e regarding what was deposited in the landfill during this time p eriod. Review of available file material suggests that the landf ill received both solid and liquid wastes. This practice continu ed until 1950, when the advent of incinerators for ultimate dispo sal of these wastes was instituted. After the commissioning of the Florida Street Incineration Facility, combustible waste was in cinerated and the ashes were disposed in the landfill. In approx imately 1958, the operation at the landfill was interrupted; in 1 965, the landfill reopened after Hurricane Betsy hit the City of New Orleans. Debris from destroyed buildings and furnishings wer e reportedly deposited at a rate of up to 300 truck loads per day . The debris was burned in the open dump; the area was covered w ith ashes from the city incinerators and compacted with bulldozer s. Residential and commercial development of the area began in the mid-1970s and continued until 1987. More...