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Belvidere Municipal Landfill

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628

Remedial Project Manager
Thomas Smith
312-) 886-6540 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66540


(where to view written records)

Ida Public Library
320 N. State Road
Belvidere, IL 61008


The Belvidere Municipal Landfill Site is located in Belvidere, Illinois just west of the city limits. It's bordered on the west and south by the Kishwaukee River, on the east by two ponds and Appleton Road, on the southeast by Spencer Park, and the north by a gravel pit. The site occupies about 19 acres of land. Much of the land adjacent to the landfill comprises a portion of the Boone County Conservation District, which sponsors an experimental prairie and recreational areas.
The landfill was owned and operated by the City of Belvidere from 1939 to 1965 as a municipal landfill. From 1965 to 1973, the City retained ownership while private contractors operated the landfill. It was during this time that industrial wastes were believed to be accepted at the landfill. Inspection reports written by Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) indicate that special wastes, some of which are currently classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as hazardous, were disposed of in the landfill from 1970 to 1973. The landfill was formally closed in 1973. Preliminary site investigations found that the drum disposal area was contaminated with PCBs and the groundwater was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), PCBs and metals. Additionally the landfill cover was determined to be inadequate in some areas and the contaminants posed a threat to surface and groundwater.

This site is being addressed by the City of Belvidere, IEPA and EPA.

Remaining site soils contain low levels of VOCs, including benzene, toluene, and xylenes; PAHs; PCBs; nitrite; and heavy metals, including chromium. Surface water contains low levels of VOCs, including trichloroethylene (TCE), nitrate, and heavy metals. None of these contaminants exceed established federal safety standards. Individuals who came into contact with contaminated soil could have been at risk prior to the completion of cleanup actions. The shallow groundwater under the site, which was transporting significant levels of contaminants toward the Kishwaukee River, was contained by a series of wells, creating a hydraulic barrier between the landfill and the Kishwaukee River.

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Site Updates

December 2013 Update

In addition, the shutdown configuration of the extraction system should continue on an indefinite basis, contingent upon the results of future monitoring. The third Five-Year Review was completed in September 2005. The report concluded that because the remedial actions at the site are protective, the site is protective of human health and the environment. Monitoring of the landfill gas vents and groundwater as well as maintenance of the RCRA landfill cap and the extraction system is on-going. Maintenance, monitoring, and institutional controls support long-term remedial protectiveness and the site is a candidate for deletion from the NPL by U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA. The fourth Five-year Review was completed on May 27, 2010. The next review will be in May 2015.

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