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Sauer Dump Added to EPA Superfund List

Release Date: 03/13/2012
Contact Information: Roy Seneca seneca.roy@epa.gov 92150 814-5567

PHILADELPHIA (March 13, 2012) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it added the Sauer Dump in Dundalk, Md. to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).

The NPL is a national list of sites where hazardous contaminants could impact public health and/or the environment. NPL sites undergo a thorough investigation to determine the full nature and extent of contamination. EPA or the parties responsible for the contamination then address whatever risks the sites pose to human health and the environment.

The approximately 2.5-acre site, located adjacent to and behind Lynhurst Road, is being added to the NPL because the soil and sediment at the site contain high concentrations of semi-volatile organic compounds, metals, PCBs and pesticides. PCBs and lead are the primary contaminants of concern due to their extreme concentrations.

The partially wooded property is an inactive, privately-owned, unpermitted, former dump. The property was originally a marshland that was filled and stabilized by a past owner. During dump operations from the 1960s through the 1980s, hazardous substances were improperly stored and disposed of on the property.

The Sauer Dump site is one of nine sites nationwide that EPA is adding to the NPL today. EPA is also proposing 10 other sites to the list today.

For Federal Register notices and supporting documents for this and other sites, visit: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/current.htm

For information about how a site is listed on the NPL, visit: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/npl_hrs.htm