Major milestone crossed in Clearview Landfill cleanup

Image of the landfill before it was covered. Source: Darby Creek Wikipedia Page
Image of the landfill before it was covered. Source: Darby Creek Wikipedia Page

Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) successfully capped the site of the former Clearview Landfill in Eastwick. The Clearview Landfill was privately owned and operated without a permit from the 1950s through the 1970s by the Clearview Land Development Corporation. As the neighborhood began to develop during this time period, residents were intentionally misled about the fact that their homes were being built at the edge of a toxic dump, eventually leading to a 1985 lawsuit that forced the developer and the city to settle.

For decades, neighborhood residents and organizations advocated relentlessly for the site to be cleaned up, and after years of hard work and relationship building with the EPA, an evapotranspirative (ET) cover has been installed. ET covers “store water from rainfall and snowmelt until drier or warmer conditions evaporates the water, or until the water is taken in by plant roots and released to the air as water vapor through the leaves and stems in a process called transpiration,” according to the environmental agency. This prevents that water from reaching the contaminated soil and spreading to the nearby Darby Creek.

There is still work to be done to bring biodiversity back to the area, but with continued collaboration between EPA and the neighborhood, the site could one day be a place for the entire community to enjoy.

[Information from this article was obtained from EPA’s website and WHYY]

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