The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has demanded updated information on the Cardington Road Landfill, a Superfund site, to check the pollution status. The landfill, located in Moraine, Ohio, has been closed and covered since about 1980. The contamination, however, has been an ongoing concern.
For this reason, the EPA is now conducting its fourth five-year review on the landfill’s conditions, WHIO.com reports.
The Cardington Road Landfill is a 36-acre site that made the National Priorities List in 1986. According to the EPA website, the most concerning contaminates include benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, xylenes, and many other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are affecting the soil, surface water and groundwater.
“The site borders residential properties to the northeast, with the closest residence within 200 yards of the landfill property,” the EPA’s 1993 report states. “In 1987, EPA and the State conducted a RI, which revealed that adverse environmental impacts were the result of prior onsite solid waste and hazardous waste disposal practices.”
Benzene is a confirmed contributor to blood cancers, such as leukemia. People who are exposed to benzene for long periods of time have a significantly increased risk of developing lymphomas, aplastic anemia, or blood cancers such as Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) or Myelodysplastic Syndrome MDS.
“Benzene is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States. It is used mainly as a starting material in making other chemicals, including plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. In the past it was also commonly used as an industrial solvent,” the American Cancer Society’s website reports. “People can be exposed to benzene in the environment from gasoline fumes, automobile exhaust, emissions from some factories, and waste water from certain industries.”