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Old Bethpage Landfill Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) Site

EPA Identifier: NYD980531727
CERCLIS ID: NYD980531727
40.756939, -73.447219

Oyster Bay, NY

Final Date: 19830908

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Site Summary:
Federal Register Notice:  September 08, 1983

Conditions at listing (October 1981): Old Bethpage Landfill covers 2 acres in Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York. It is inactive, but is within an active sanitary landfill complex. The area around the site, with the exception of Bethpage State Park to the south, is fairly well developed with residences and industrial facilities.

Oyster Bay began operating the Old Bethpage Landfill in 1957, primarily for disposing of incinerator residue. In 1967, the town began accepting garbage and trash and allowing homeowners to dump trash. From 1968 through 1978, liquid and solid industrial process wastes and damaged drums containing organic residues were disposed of at the site. In 1978, Oyster Bay applied to the State for a permit to operate a sanitary landfill. Since then, the only industrial waste disposed of at the landfill has been metal hydroxide sludges. The exact location of the hazardous wastes is unknown because they were deposited with other wastes throughout the landfill over 10 years.

There is no surface water near the site. There are several ground water recharge basins used to dispose of scrubber water from incinerators. The site, as is all of Long Island, is located above the Magothy Aquifer, which supplies many public wells.

Status (July 1983): EPA has prepared a Remedial Action Master Plan outlining the investigations needed to determine the full extent of cleanup required at the site. It will guide further actions at the site.

Institutional Controls:
Media Where IC Applies
(Multiple entries where more than one pathway is impacted)
Restriction Type Instrument
Ground Water
Prohibit Ground Water Well Installation/Construction
Institutional controls were not inclluded in the 1988 ROD or the Consent Decree. The Region did not find a need for institutional controls as part of the final remedy or as an interim action based on the reasonably anticipated future land and groundwater use at this site. However, Nassau County Public Health Ordinance Article 4, prohibits the installation of new private potable water systems in areas served by a public water supply precludes any future potable water well enstallations in this portion of the aquifer. In additon, New York Environmental Conservation Law Section 15-527 provides that on Long Island (which includes Nassau County). "No person or public corporation shall hereafter install or operate any new or additional withdraw water from underground sources for any purpose or purposes whatsoever excess of forty-five gallons a minute without a permit pursuant to this title." USEPA intends to further engage the State and the Town in discussions on institutional controls, including state requirments concerning the landfill property itself.
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Document Effective, Implementation  September 28, 2007 

Maria Jon , RPM