Superfund landfill could have new future as park

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Environmental officials overseeing the cleanup of a contaminated former landfill in northwest Indiana say the Superfund site could be rejuvenated as a public park.

Consultant Vicky Keramida tells the Journal & Courier the former Tippecanoe Sanitary Landfill would make `a beautiful place" for a park with trails and scenic views.

Keramida's next step is to contact the Environmental Protection Agency about reusing the site. The landfill was added to the national list of abandoned hazardous waste sites in 1990.

Local officials set up a board to oversee the cleanup after the former owner declared bankruptcy. Elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls were found in industrial sludge dumped at the 80-acre site.

The site must be monitored and maintained for another 20 years.

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