michigan disposal service (cork street landfill)

2800 E CORK ST

The Michigan Disposal Service (Cork Street Landfill) site is located in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. It is a 68-acre landfill, located in a predominantly industrial and commercial area of Kalamazoo. From 1925 to 1961, the site was operated as a waste disposal facility. In 1961, the City of Kalamazoo purchased the property and used it for municipal waste disposal until 1968. Prior to 1968, waste was burned in an onsite incinerator, and the ash was buried in the landfill. The city continued to use the site until 1981 when Dispose-O-Waste, now Michigan Disposal Service, Inc., purchased the facility. Michigan Disposal Service received a permit from the State of Michigan to operate the site as a Type III landfill. In 1991, under the oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and pursuant to an October 1987 Administrative Order on Consent (AOC), the City of Kalamazoo and the owner completed a study which found volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including toluene, xylene, benzene, and the heavy metals arsenic and lead, in onsite monitoring wells. A creek adjacent to the site showed elevated levels of lead and iron. In 1992, the facility was shut down by State Order. The population within a three-mile radius of the site is approximately 50,000 people. The closest residence is located one-half mile from the site. Approximately 30 private water wells and two municipal water wells operate within two miles of the landfill. The municipal wells provide water for fire protection and are on stand-by status as drinking water sources. Davis Creek flows along a portion of the eastern site boundary and also flows into the Kalamazoo River, which is used for recreational purposes. Site Responsibility This site is being addressed by the sole potentially responsible party (PRP), the City of Kalamazoo, under a Consent Decree (CD) with EPA. A PRP is a party that may be legally responsible for the site's contamination.

Hazardous Ranking Score

38 / 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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