Waste Management issued permit for facility containing
closed hazardous waste landfill cells
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region
7 has issued a post-closure hazardous waste management
permit to Cyprus Specialty Metals Company, Roquette America
Railway, Inc., and the City of Keokuk, Iowa, for a local
industrial facility property containing two closed hazardous
waste landfill cells.
The facility, located at 2301 Twin Rivers Drive, also
known as One Commercial Street, in Keokuk, has shared
ownership. Cyprus Specialty Metals Company owns the two
now-closed hazardous waste landfill cells at the property.
The facility property other than the two landfill cells
is owned primarily by Roquette America Railways, Inc.,
with smaller portions owned by the City of Keokuk.
EPA has issued a post-closure hazardous waste management
permit to the property owners under provisions of the
federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
The permit requires the parties to monitor the integrity
of the two closed hazardous waste landfill cells by inspecting
and maintaining the landfill covers.
The permit also requires the permittees to conduct annual
ground water sampling and analysis around the landfill
cells. If unacceptable levels of contamination are detected
around the landfill cells, the permittees must correct
the release. The permittees must also investigate and
respond to releases of hazardous waste from other areas
at the facility, besides the two landfill cells, that
have been identified as having the potential for such
The post-closure hazardous waste management permit is
in effect for a period of 10 years from issuance.