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Fact Sheet

June 2010

Third Five-Year Review to Begin, Midwest Manufacturing/North Farm Superfund Site, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts regular five-year reviews on Superfund sites where any pollutants, contaminants, or hazardous substances remain following the implementation of a remedy. These reviews are required by the Superfund law [42 U.S.C. Section  9621(c)] to make sure the cleanup actions continue to protect human health and the environment.   EPA Region 7 has initiated the third five-year review of the Midwest Manufacturing/North Farm Superfund Site, Jasper County, Iowa.

Site Background

The Midwest Manufacturing/North Farm Superfund site consists of two areas: North Farm, which is an unlined disposal cell located 2 miles from the plant; and Midwest Manufacturing, which is the plant facility located in the city of Kellogg, Iowa.

Prior to a wastewater treatment plant being brought on line in 1977, waste from electroplating processes at the plant was discharged directly into the North Skunk River. From 1977 to 1978, waste was disposed of in an unlined cell at the North Farm area. From 1978 to 1981, waste was disposed of in trenches at the Midwest Manufacturing area. Contaminants found at elevated levels in site groundwater and soil have included the heavy metals cadmium and nickel, and volatile organic compounds such as vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene, and tetrachloroethylene.

In 1993, EPA amended a previous remedy to include groundwater monitoring and institutional controls as the selected remedy. In 1998, monitoring at the North Farm area was terminated based on the analytical results, and monitoring wells were abandoned, although institutional controls remain in place. At the Midwest Manufacturing area groundwater monitoring and institutional controls continue.

Five-Year Reviews

The first five-year review of the Midwest Manufacturing / North Farm Superfund site was completed in November 2000, and the second five-year review was completed in November 2005. Issues identified during the second five-year review have been addressed, or are being routinely addressed, including groundwater monitoring, site security, and analytical quality control/quality assurance. The second five-year review, completed in 2005, found the remedy continued to be protective of human health and the environment, and was functioning as designed.

This Five-Year Review

The five-year review process includes:

EPA will conduct an inspection of the site as part of the five-year review. Current site information will be reviewed by EPA and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to make sure the remedy continues to be protective.

We encourage the community to tell us about site conditions or any concerns you may have.

A final report will be prepared at the end of the review and will be available at the site information repositories and on the EPA Region 7 Website. The goal is to complete the review and report by November 2010.

 Additional Information

Detailed site information is part of the Site Administrative Record and is available at the following locations during normal business hours:

EPA Records Center
901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, Kansas

Newton Public Library
100 North 3rd Ave. West
Newton, Iowa

Questions or requests for information can be submitted to:

Fritz Hirter
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA Region 7
901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
Toll Free: (800) 223-0425

E-mail: hirter.fritz@epa.gov

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