Wisconsin takes over Refuse Hideaway Landfill Cleanup

Chicago, IL - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 lodged a consent decree in which the state of Wisconsin assumes responsibility for the ongoing cleanup of the Refuse Hideaway Landfill Superfund site, in Middleton.

Under the agreement, lodged July 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, the state will continue to operate and maintain the cleanup systems in place at the landfill and monitor ground-water at and around the site.

In addition to resources provided by Wisconsin, other potentially responsible parties (a complete list is available from the contacts listed above or from Mick Hans: 312-353-5050) are contributing funds, with the understanding that all future work at the site will be done by the state. The total cleanup cost, including past and estimated future costs, is about $6.5 million.

The final cleanup plan, approved by EPA in June 1995 and revised in September 1998, called for continued operation and maintenance of the cleanup systems installed by the state in late 1989, and monitoring of ground-water until contaminants decrease to concentrations at or below the state's cleanup standards.

The U.S. Department of Justice will hold a 30-day comment period as soon as formal notice of the consent decree is published in the Federal Register. The EPA will consider all comments received. Then, if EPA still believes the settlement is fair and reasonable, it will ask the court to formally enter the settlement.


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