fort wayne reduction dump


The Fort Wayne Reduction Dump Superfund Site is located along the south bank of the Maumee River approximately 1.1 miles east of the U.S. Highway 30 and Maumee River intersection, just east of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 35-acre site is situated within the 100-year flood plain of the river. The site is bordered by the Maumee River to the north, the Norfolk and Western Railroad to the south, an auto parts salvage yard to the southwest, Martin Landfill to the northwest, and Herber Drain to the east. The communities of River Haven and Sunnymede Woods are directly east and south approximately one-half mile from the site. Prior to 1967, the site was uncultivated farmland that may have been used for some limited waste disposal. The site is believed to have started official operations in 1966 and continued to accept residential and industrial wastes until 1974. Currently, primary land use in the area of the site is light industrial and commercial. An abandoned landfill and the Fort Wayne municipal wastewater treatment plant and sludge drying beds are located along the Maumee River in the vicinity of the site. The site was operated as a recycling center and incinerator from 1967 to 1970 and the residual ashes were disposed on-site. In 1970, Fort Wayne Reduction, Inc., changed its name to the National Recycling Corporation and expanded the recycling plant at the site. The eastern portion of the site (approximately 15 aces) was actively used as an industrial and general refuse landfill. Portions north and west of the recycling plant were utilized for disposal of industrial wastes, building debris, and barrels of liquid and sludge wastes. The western portion (approximately 5 acres) was used as a disposal area for industrial wastes, wire waste, and residual ash from the incinerator operations. A 40- to 60-foot diameter waste disposal cell containing liquids was first reported in a state inspection report from May 1972. A drum burial cell was located on aerial photographs taken in 1973. The site ceased accepting wastes in 1974. From 1974 until late 1977, the site continued to be used as the base for a waste hauling operation and a recycling center. The recycling center shut down in late 1974, and the hauling operation later moved to a different location. After that time, the site was inactive. In 1984, Waste Management (WM) acquired SCA Services, Inc., which was the former owner of the site, and assumed responsbility for site cleanup activities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the Fort Wayne Reduction Dump site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in June 1986.

Hazardous Ranking Score

42 / 100

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

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Region 5
Phone: (312) 353-2000

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      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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