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  DAVIS (GSR) LANDFILL


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 Glocester and Smithfield,  Rhode Island
 Providence County
 Street Address: Tarkiln Road
 Zip Code: 02828
 Congressional
 District(s):

01
 EPA ID #: RID980731459
 Site ID #: 0101292
 Site Aliases:

 Site Responsibility: Federal

 NPL LISTING HISTORY
 Proposed Date 04/10/1985
 Final Date 06/10/1986
  Deleted Date 08/13/1999

Site Description
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The 58-acre Davis (GSR) Landfill site includes a 21-acre inactive landfill located in the Towns of Glocester and Smithfield, RI. Between 1974 and 1976, the landfill, which was privately owned and licensed by the State to accept municipal wastes, accepted wastes from Glocester, Smithfield, Warwick, and Providence. In 1978, the State declined to renew the landfill's license because the facility had violated numerous rules and regulations for operating solid waste management facilities. Numerous legal actions to close the landfill ensued, and the State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State in 1982, at which time the landfill became inactive. However, the landfill was never properly capped or stabilized. The State found both surface water and groundwater contamination on-site. Approximately 200 residents who use private water wells live within a 1-mile radius; there are approximately 4,700 people within a 3-mile radius using private wells.

Threats and Contaminants
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On-site groundwater, surface water, and sediments are contaminated with low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as vinyl chloride and benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and heavy metals including manganese, arsenic, and lead. Surface water and sediments are contaminated with the pesticides, chlordane and dichlorodiphenyl trichloroethane (DDT). After extensive investigations, EPA determined that no adverse health effects from inhalation of landfill gas, and ingestion of or contact with contaminants in surface water, soil, and sediments were found. EPA also concluded that no adverse health risks are associated with exposure to groundwater at the site and that the site would have no adverse impact on nearby wetlands.

Cleanup Approach
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The site has been addressed in a long-term remedial phase focusing on cleanup of the entire site.

Response Action Status
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Entire Site EPA completed a Remedial Investigation at this former municipal landfill in the Fall of 1994. EPA's investigations revealed that groundwater had levels of manganese and arsenic that migrated beyond the boundaries of the landfill. There was some indication that future risk to human health could occur, if persons were to drink the groundwater beneath the landfill immediately adjacent to the waste boundary, over a 70 year lifetime. After public hearings and receiving public comment in the Fall of 1997, EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) recommending that monitoring of residential wells in the nearby vicinity of the site continue on an annual schedule, and that no further active remedial action was needed at the site. In September 1997, EPA announced it's decision that no further cleanup action was needed at the site. EPA and the State agreed to continue to monitor the site for any potential future risks, and revisit the no action decision if conditions at the site changed.

Environmental Progress
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Investigations into the nature and extent of site contamination were concluded in 1997. These investigations revealed that the site poses no immediate or future risk to human health or the environment.

Current Site Status
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In August 1999, the site was deleted from the National Priorities List (NPL). Since then, EPA and the State have conducted five rounds of residential well testing near the site and found no site-related contamination in private residential wells located downgradient from the site. In September 2002, EPA issued a discretionary Five-Year Review report which determined that the No Action decision in the 1997 ROD remained protective of human health and the environment. No additional Five-Year Reviews are planned for this site in the future, and no future cleanup actions are anticipated.

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Links to Other Site Information
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Disclaimer Instructions about PDF

Newsletters & Press Releases:
Press Releases about this project  

Federal Register Notices:
Final NPL Listing  
Final NPL Deletion  

Administrative Records:
Index only: OU 01 Record of Decision (ROD), September 29, 1997 (857 KB)  

Reports and Studies:
Five Year Review Report, September 6, 2002 (313KB)  

Decision Documents:
View Records of Decision (RODS) on-line (EPA HQ)  
Institutional Controls at this site  

Other Links:
NPL Site Narrative at Listing:  
Site Progress Profile  

Site Repositories
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East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond Street, Esmond, RI 02917

OSRR Records and Information Center, 1st Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (HSC), Boston, MA 02109-3912 (617) 918-1440


Contacts
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EPA Remedial Project Manager: Anna Krasko
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code OSRR07-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #: 617-918-1232
E-Mail Address: krasko.anna@epa.gov

EPA Community Involvement Coordinator: Sarah White
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: ORA20-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #: 617-918-1026
E-Mail Address: white.sarah@epa.gov

State Agency Contact: Gary Jablonski
Address: RI DEM, 235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone #: 401-222-2797 x 7148
E-Mail Address: gary.jablonski@dem.ri.gov

 


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