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Fact Sheet

January 2009

Third Five-Year Review to Begin, Wheeling Disposal Superfund Site, Amazonia, Andrew County, Missouri


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts regular five-year checkups, called five-year reviews, on Superfund sites where cleanups have been completed. These reviews are required by the Superfund law [42 U.S.C. Section 9621 (c)]. EPA Region 7 has started a third five-year review of the Wheeling Disposal site located about a one mile south of Amazonia, in Andrew County, Missouri.

EPA is doing the third five-year review in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to make sure the cleanup continues to protect human health and the environment.


The Wheeling Disposal Service Company operated a landfill that covers approximately 20 acres on a 200 acre site. The landfill was established in the early 1970s, and the facility received a state permit in 1975 to operate as an industrial waste disposal facility. Between 1980 and 1981, the company voluntarily ceased operations. The facility resumed operations under the authority of a special waste disposal permit issued by the state of Missouri. It voluntarily closed in 1986.

MDNR periodically inspected the site and monitored ground water when the landfill was in operation. Based on MDNR hazardous waste records, wastes containing pesticides, heavy metals, paint, solvents, and leather tanning sludge were disposed of in the landfill. EPA detected contaminants in monitoring well and springs on the site during field investigations.

The Wheeling Disposal Trust implemented a remedy which included well plugging, surface water monitoring, and upgrading the existing landfill cover to comply with state and federal standards and was completed in 1994. Long–term maintenance of the site and ground water monitoring are being conducted by the responsible parties.

Although the Wheeling Disposal Site has been cleaned up to an extent that allows for safe industrial use, some restrictions remain on the future use of the property. The Superfund law requires that a review of the conditions be performed every five years at sites where residual contamination in some way, restricts the use of a property. The five year reviews in 1999 and 2004 found the remedies that were in place to be protective of human health and the environment.

Five-Year Review

This five-year review will consist of an examination of relevant site documents, a site inspection, and a review of ground and surface water monitoring information gathered since the previous five-year review.

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.

Additional Information

Information on this site can be found at the following locations during normal business hours:

Rolling Hills Consolidated Library
514 W. Main St.
Savannah, Missouri

EPA Region 7 Records Center
901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, Kansas

Questions or requests for information can be submitted to:

Fritz Hirter
Community Involvement Coordinator
EPA Region 7 – 901 N. Fifth St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
Toll free:  1-800-223-0425
e-mail: hirter.fritz@epa.gov

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