The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to clean up a long-dormant Gary landfill that is leaking hazardous waste into a neighboring wetland near the Grand Calumet River.
On Tuesday, the EPA added the former Gary Development Landfill, at 479 Cline Ave., to a list of 15 properties nationwide that it wants to classify as Superfund sites.
The former landfill operated from 1975 until 1989, EPA officials said. It legally accepted solid waste, as well as hazardous materials such as volatile organics, metals and insecticides that it wasn’t permitted to handle, said Patrick Hamblin, who oversees the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List for the Great Lakes region. Read more.