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Former Meridian Road Landfill, Fortville, Indiana

The Meridian Road Landfill sits on approximately five acres west of Meridian Road and a 0.33-acre section east of Meridian Road in Fortville, Indiana. The landfill sits on sites that, prior to 1952, were excavated for sand and gravel. From 1952-1965, unregulated dumping and trash burning occurred at the western site. The western gravel pit was operated as a landfill pursuant to permits issued by Hancock County, Indiana from 1965 to 1969, when it received residential, commercial and industrial waste. The owners of the eastern site had landfill materials placed in the gravel pit in order to fill the depression. Both sites have been inactive since 1969. The landfill was backfilled and covered with soil when it was closed in 1969.

Sampling performed at both landfills has determined that site soils and/or groundwater are contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as TCE, cis-DCE and vinyl chloride, semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs), PCBs and with metals such as lead. Several local homeowners have had new wells drilled in a deeper aquifer due to VOC contamination of well water. Presently a pump is extracting contaminated groundwater from the site and treating the groundwater by air stripping. The treated water is then discharged into Rash’s Ditch.

The TOSC program is providing technical assistance to the Meridian United Citizens (MUC) and other citizens of the Fortville community and surrounding areas.

Click here for the Technical Review of Risk Assessment Report by Dr. Michael Kamrin, Professor Emeritus.


The Midwest Hazardous Substance Research Center, Michigan State University.
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