Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

“EPA to Review Cleanup of Oklahoma City Superfund Site”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a five-year review of Oklahoma City’s Mosley Road Sanitary Landfill, which became a Superfund in 1992 and completed the process in 2004.

About 2 million gallons of pesticides, industrial solvents, sludge, waste chemicals and emulsions were deposited into three unlined pits at the 72-acre site near NE 36 and Sooner Road between 1971 and 1987. Contaminants such as benzene and vinyl chloride were found in ground water. More than 50,000 people, including residents of Midwest City and Spencer, obtain drinking water from public or private wells within three miles of the site. Environmental regulators have been working hard to ensure those contaminants remain contained and are kept out of the water supply. The site is fenced and the pits where the waste was dumped are covered with about 80 feet of solid refuse and fill, topped with a clay cap.

Read more at: newsok.com

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