buckeye reclamation


The Buckeye Reclamation Landfill (BRL) Site is located approximately 4 miles southeast of the Town of St. Clairsville and 1.2 miles south of Interstate 70 in Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio. The BRL Site occupies approximately 100 acres of a 658-acre tract of land owned by the Ohio Resources Corporation (affiliated with Cravat Coal Company). The site extends 3,700 feet north to south and is 500 to 1,000 feet wide. The BRL Site is situated in the Kings Run drainage ravine and bordered by Kings Run to the east and an unnamed stream to the west. Surface water in Kings Run flows to the south and empties into Little McMahon Creek. Property to the east and west is hilly and mostly forested. Farmland and a stripe mine are located west of the site. Additional farmland extends to the north and northeast. The original topography of the Kings Run valley and the ridge to the west of the BRL Site have been significantly altered because of coal mine refuse disposal activities and landfilling operations that took place for several decades. Deep underground coal mining occurred in the vicinity of the site until the early 1950s and refuse disposal activities created the northern, middle, and southern impounds. Subsequent landfilling operations resulted in the drainage and filling of the middle and southern impounds by 1972 and 1976. The BRL Site was licensed in 1971 by the Belmont County Health Department for use as a municipal solid waste landfill and operated by Ohio Resources Corporation under the name of Buckeye Reclamation Company until 1991. The majority of the industrial sludge and liquids accepted by the landfill were received between 1976 and 1979 and deposited in or near the northern impound. Records indicated a total volume of approximately 49,400 tons of solid waste per year were disposed in the landfill. Solid industrial wastes (e.g., asbestos, carbon black, fly ash) were reportedly commingled with municipal wastes. Ohio EPA landfill inspection records also make reference to unspecified industrial wastes being disposed in the southeastern portion of the landfill. Industrial sludge and liquids also were accepted. The total volumes of industrial wastes received are estimated at 2.9 million gallons of liquids and 30,000 tons of industrial sludge. Transporter records show that the majority of the liquids were mixtures of oils, solvents, and/or waste water. In the early 1980s, EPA and Ohio EPA conducted preliminary investigations to determine whether the BRL site posed potential risks to public health and the environment. EPA placed the BRL Site on the National Priorities List (NPL) on September 8, 1983.

Hazardous Ranking Score

35 / 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


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