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Van Dale Junkyard Superfund Site

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Virginia Narsete (narsete.virginia@epa.gov)
312-886-4359 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64359


Remedial Project Manager
Karen Cibulskis(cibulskis.karen@epa.gov)
312-886-1843 or 800-621-8431, ext. 61843


(where to view written records)

Washington County Public Library
615 Fifth St.
Marietta, Ohio 45750



Van Dale Junkyard is located on 10 acres within a 31-acre parcel of land and until 1980 received a variety of materials that included scrap metal, appliances, automobiles, tires, batteries, along with several thousand drums of industrial waste. Many of the contaminants identified at the site are listed in Common Chemicals Found at Superfund Sites.

Cleanup at the site included collecting contaminated soils, separating waste from soil, disposing wastes off-site, constructing a cap over soils and wastes, and installing fencing and property restrictions. Ground water, surface water, and sediment monitoring is part of long-term operation and maintenance at the site.

Site Updates | Five-Year Reviews || Technical Documents || Legal Agreements

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Site Updates

August 2014

U.S. EPA issued the third Five-Year Review Report for the site in January 2014. This report describes how most components of the cleanup are working as intended. It is not clear, however, if the uncapped area of the site is acceptable for residential use, or if vapor intrusion from residual contamination poses a hazard. U.S. EPA is working with the parties responsible for the pollution to evaluate these risks and determine if additional work or restrictions are necessary. The Agency is also evaluating institutional controls to determine if an environmental covenant or other institutional controls are needed. U.S. EPA will also work with the parties responsible for the pollution to update long-term stewardship procedures.

These actions will take about two years to complete. Then U.S. EPA can review their effectiveness in a Five-Year Review Addendum, possibly by March 2016. The site’s fourth five-year review will be in 2019.

The Agency invited the community to play a role in the review process through a notice in the local newspaper, the Marietta Times, on Nov. 17, 2013, and informed the mayor of Marietta, Marietta city council members and other city and county officials about the review.  During the site inspection Dec. 10, 2013, U.S. EPA interviewed several property owners, the Ohio EPA site coordinator and the technical representative of the parties responsible for the contamination. These interviews documented all perceived problems or successes with the cleanup so far.

U.S. EPA did not receive any comments or concerns from the public, local officials, residents or the site owner about the site or the five-year review.  The interviews are summarized in the 2014 FYR report. 

October 2013

EPA is conducting a five-year review of the Vandale Junkyard Superfund site at Marietta Township Road 83 in Washington County near Marietta, Ohio. The Superfund law requires regular checkups of sites that have been cleaned up – with waste managed on-site – to make sure the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. This is the third five-year review of this site.

EPA’s cleanup of hazardous solid waste and contaminated soil consisted of disposing of hazardous waste off-site; capping contaminated soil and solid waste on-site; monitoring how natural processes such as decay and evaporation are cleaning up contaminated underground water supplies; monitoring sediment and surface water; restricting future uses of the property; and maintaining and inspecting the cap and the rest of the site.  The review should be completed by February 2014.

The five-year review is an opportunity for you to tell U.S. EPA about site conditions and any concerns you have.


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