northside sanitary landfill, inc

985 S ST RD 421

The Northside Sanitary Landfill (NSL) covers approximately 65 acres of a 180 acre parcel of land. Over 16 million gallons of hazardous wastes have been deposited in the landfill. The NSL began operating in the 1950s as an open dump and was licensed by the State in 1971 to accept hazardous wastes. From 1972 to 1973, numerous operating deficiencies, including the failure to cover refuse, surface burning, underground fires, and leachate and vermin problems, resulted in orders from the Indiana State Board of Health (ISBH) to cease operations. In 1982, the owner at the direction of the ISBH installed a leachate collection system and three submerged leachate collection tanks on the western side of the site. After the owner removed 400,000 gallons of leachate from the three tanks and disposed of it by spraying it on the landfill, the Indiana Division of Land Pollution Control advised the owner that leachate would have to be solidified prior to disposal. By early 1983, the State Environmental Management Board issued a notice of violation and ordered the owner to stop accepting hazardous waste. Approximately 50 residences who are located within one mile of the site and 1,750 residences who are located within three miles of the site use wells for drinking water. The nearest town is Zionsville, Indiana, which is about six miles south of NSL. An unnamed ditch runs along the east side of the site into Finley Creek. Finley Creek flows into Eagle Creek, which runs for 10 miles before it empties into Eagle Creek Reservoir, which supplies approximately six percent of the drinking water for the city of Indianapolis. Site Responsibility This site is being addressed through federal, state, and potentially responsible parties' actions.

Hazardous Ranking Score

46 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 5
Phone: (312) 353-2000

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Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


        African American
        American Indian and Alaska Native
        Native Hawaiian


        People living
        within a 1 mile radius


        Average Income


        Occupied homes

        Potentially Responsible Parties

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