Dundalk dump put on Superfund cleanup list

After years of investigation and some limited cleanup, an old Dundalk area dumping ground containing toxic wastes is due for federal attention now.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today (3/13) that it is adding the Sauer Dump to the National Priorities List, also known as Superfund, because the soil and wetland sediment on the 2.5-acre site contain high concentrations of lead, PCBs and other hazardous chemicals.

The partly wooded tract on Back River was originally marshland that was filled in by a past owner, according to EPA. Toxic substances were deposited there while it operated as a dump from the 1960s through the 1980s. A number of homes are nearby.

State and federal regulators have been investigating and studying the site since the mid-1980s.  The property's owner was ordered to fence it off in 2005, cover "hot spots" with highly contaminated soil and stabilize shoreline erosion.  The EPA proposed it for Superfund priority cleanup a year ago.

The Sauer dump is one of nine sites nationwide that EPA is adding to its Superfund list.  For more, go here.


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