Keegan Landfill

Category: Existing/Potential Remediation Site Keegan Landfill

Location: Off Bergen Avenue in Kearny, Hudson County

Latitude/Longitude: 40.75657/-74.13501

Current Land Use: Passive open space, non-active landfill, unremediated

Size: 110 acres

Current Ownership: Town of Kearny and private ownership

Site Description: The Keegan Landfill is bordered on the southeast and east by wetland areas and open-water wetland (i.e. Kearny Freshwater marsh). The western boundary is a mix of residential and industrial facilities. Frank Creek originates on the site and discharges to the Passaic River. It is believed that the Keegan landfill began landfill operations in the 1940′s, with the majority of landfilling operations taking place in the 1960′s. The site was known as the Municipal Sanitary Landfill Authority (MSLA) 1-B Landfill and operated by MSLA under a lease agreement with the town of Kearny. The Keegan Landfill was closed in 1972. Today the majority of the site is owned by the Town of Kearny, with a portion under private ownership.

Existing Site-Specific Data Inventory

A. Survey, Maps, and GIS

HMD regional data exists inclusive of this site. Aerial photographs shot in 2002.

B. Real Estate/Ownership

Owned by Town of Kearny and private owner. Ownership information presented in 1998 and 1999 reports.

C. Site History & Land Use

Site history and land use data collected in 1997 and 1998.

D. Biological Studies – Fauna

No data obtained.

E. Biological Studies – General Environmental

Site-specific baseline data collected from 1995 to 1998.

F. Geotechnical

Site-specific baseline data collected from 1995 to 1998.

G. Hydraulics and Hydrology

Site-specific baseline data reported in 1995 and 1998 reports

H. Water and Sediments

Site-specific studies conducted from 1989 through 1998.

I. Historical/Cultural Resources

Site-specific baseline data detailed in 1995 report.

J. Restoration/Remediation Design Plans

Development and closure design plans presented in 1998 and 1999 reports.

Site Reports

Site #46 – Keegan Landfill

Category: Existing/Potential Remediation Site

Location: Off Bergen Avenue in Kearny, Hudson County

Latitude/Longitude: 40.75657 / -74.13501

Current Land Use: Passive open space, non-active landfill, unremediated

Size: 110 acres

Current Ownership: Town of Kearny and private ownership

Site Description: The Keegan Landfill is bordered on the southeast and east by wetland areas and open-water wetland (i.e. Kearny Freshwater marsh). The western boundary is a mix of residential and industrial facilities. Frank Creek originates on the site and discharges to the Passaic River.

NJMC documents indicate that the Keegan landfill began landfill operations in the 1940’s, with the majority of landfilling operations taking place in the 1960’s. The site was known as the Municipal Sanitary Landfill Authority (MSLA) 1-B Landfill and operated by MSLA under a lease agreement with the town of Kearny. The Keegan Landfill was closed in 1972. Today the majority of the site is owned by the Town of Kearny, with a portion under private ownership.

Existing Site Specific Data Inventory

* – Report repeated under multiple data categories and/or sites.

A.  Survey, Maps, and GIS

Relevant survey, mapping, and GIS data for the Meadowlands can be found in the Meadowlands-wide site report under data category A.

1.      *NJMC. Kucera Panochromatic Imagery for the Meadowlands. February 2002. Most recent aerial photographs of the Hackensack Meadowlands District.

B.   Real Estate/Ownership

Keegan Landfill is owned by both the Town of Kearny and private owners.

2.      *Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Land Use Feasibility Study Keegan Landfill, Kearny, New Jersey Final Report. July 1998. [1] Evaluates the development potential of the Keegan Landfill based on existing, available data. Includes a description of existing conditions, compiled through literature review. Reviews geology, subsurface hydrology, soils, water quality, wetlands (adjacent Kearny Freshwater Marsh), air quality, noise, and hazardous materials. Also reviews landfill closure regulations, funding, and methods.

3.      *HMDC. The HMDC Official Orphan Landfill Tour. January 1999. [2] Submitted to the USACE as part of permit application No. 93-00080 Volume VIII of XXV March 99. It includes specific site descriptions and proposed closure tasks and concerns for Malanka, Avon, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Erie, and Keegan Landfills.

C.  Site History & Land Use

4.      *Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Land Use Feasibility Study Keegan Landfill, Kearny, New Jersey Final Report. July 1998. [1] Evaluates the development potential of the Keegan Landfill based on existing, available data. Includes a description of existing conditions, compiled through literature review. Reviews geology, subsurface hydrology, soils, water quality, wetlands (adjacent Kearny Freshwater Marsh), air quality, noise, and hazardous materials. Also reviews landfill closure regulations, funding, and methods.

5.      *Region II Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team. Site Inspection Prioritization Report Keegan Landfill. December 1997. [1] Contains very detailed information regarding site history, more recent sampling data for groundwater and leachate, and general environmental data.

6.      *USEPA, Federal Programs Division & Roy F. Weston, Inc. Site Inspection Prioritization Report: Keegan Landfill. December 1997. [2] Water, soil, and sediment samples were conducted as part of Site Inspection Prioritization activities. Also contains site description.

D.  Biological Studies – Fauna

No data obtained.

E.   Biological Studies – General Environmental

7.      *Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Land Use Feasibility Study Keegan Landfill, Kearny, New Jersey Final Report. July 1998. [1] Evaluates the development potential of the Keegan Landfill based on existing, available data. Includes a description of existing conditions, compiled through literature review. Reviews geology, subsurface hydrology, soils, water quality, wetlands (adjacent Kearny Freshwater Marsh), air quality, noise, and hazardous materials. Also reviews landfill closure regulations, funding, and methods.

8.      *Camp Dresser and McKee Inc. Preliminary Environmental and Health Impact Statement for the Materials Handling Complex at the Former Keegan Landfill. May 1995. [1] Based on the results of an environmental data collection program at the Keegan Landfill, this assessment characterized the significant beneficial and adverse impacts to the following environments: physical/chemical, biological/ecological, cultural, and socioeconomic. Identified both positive and negative potential groundwater, surface water quality, wetlands, traffic, visual, and recreational impacts.

9.      *Region II Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team. Site Inspection Prioritization Report Keegan Landfill. December 1997. [1] Contains very detailed information regarding site history, more recent sampling data for groundwater and leachate, and general environmental data.

F.   Geotechnical

10.  *Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Land Use Feasibility Study Keegan Landfill, Kearny, New Jersey Final Report. July 1998. [1] Evaluates the development potential of the Keegan Landfill based on existing, available data. Includes a description of existing conditions, compiled through literature review. Reviews geology, subsurface hydrology, soils, water quality, wetlands (adjacent Kearny Freshwater Marsh), air quality, noise, and hazardous materials. Also reviews landfill closure regulations, funding, and methods.

11.  *Camp Dresser and McKee Inc. Preliminary Environmental and Health Impact Statement for the Materials Handling Complex at the Former Keegan Landfill. May 1995. [1] Based on the results of an environmental data collection program at the Keegan Landfill, this assessment characterized the significant beneficial and adverse impacts to the following environments: physical/chemical, biological/ecological, cultural, and socioeconomic. Identified both positive and negative potential groundwater, surface water quality, wetlands, traffic, visual, and recreational impacts.

12.  *Region II Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team. Site Inspection Prioritization Report Keegan Landfill Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey. December 1997. [1] This report gives very detailed information regarding site history, as well as more recent sampling data of groundwater and leachate, and environmental data in general.

13.  *USEPA, Federal Programs Division & Roy F. Weston, Inc. Site Inspection Prioritization Report: Keegan Landfill. December 1997. [2] Water, soil, and sediment samples were conducted as part of Site Inspection Prioritization activities. Also contains site description.

G.  Hydraulics and Hydrology

14.  *Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Land Use Feasibility Study Keegan Landfill, Kearny, New Jersey Final Report. July 1998. [1] Evaluates the development potential of the Keegan Landfill based on existing, available data. Includes a description of existing conditions, compiled through literature review. Reviews geology, subsurface hydrology, soils, water quality, wetlands (adjacent Kearny Freshwater Marsh), air quality, noise, and hazardous materials. Also reviews landfill closure regulations, funding, and methods.

15.  *Camp Dresser and McKee Inc. Preliminary Environmental and Health Impact Statement for the Materials Handling Complex at the Former Keegan Landfill. May 1995. [1] Based on the results of an environmental data collection program at the Keegan Landfill, this assessment characterized the significant beneficial and adverse impacts to the following environments: physical/chemical, biological/ecological, cultural, and socioeconomic. Identified both positive and negative potential groundwater, surface water quality, wetlands, traffic, visual, and recreational impacts.

H.  Water and Sediments

16.  *Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Land Use Feasibility Study Keegan Landfill, Kearny, New Jersey Final Report. July 1998. [1] Evaluates the development potential of the Keegan Landfill based on existing, available data. Includes a description of existing conditions, compiled through literature review. Reviews geology, subsurface hydrology, soils, water quality, wetlands (adjacent Kearny Freshwater Marsh), air quality, noise, and hazardous materials. Also reviews landfill closure regulations, funding, and methods.

17.  *Camp Dresser and McKee Inc. Preliminary Environmental and Health Impact Statement for the Materials Handling Complex at the Former Keegan Landfill. May 1995. [1] Based on the results of an environmental data collection program at the Keegan Landfill, this assessment characterized the significant beneficial and adverse impacts to the following environments: physical/chemical, biological/ecological, cultural, and socioeconomic. Identified both positive and negative potential groundwater, surface water quality, wetlands, traffic, visual, and recreational impacts.

18.  NUS Corporation. Final Draft Site Inspection Report: Keegan Landfill. September 1989. [1a]Seven surface water samples and six sediment samples were collected at the Keegan Landfill site to determine the presence or absence of Target Compound List substances and the potential for these substances to migrate off site. Results of this sampling indicate the presence of mercury, lead, chromium, PCBs, and semivolatile compounds in various sediment samples.

19.  *Region II Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team. Site Inspection Prioritization Report Keegan Landfill. December 1997. [1] Contains very detailed information regarding site history, more recent sampling data for groundwater and leachate, and general environmental data.

20.  *USEPA, Federal Programs Division & Roy F. Weston, Inc. Site Inspection Prioritization Report: Keegan Landfill. December 1997. [2] Water, soil, and sediment samples were conducted as part of Site Inspection Prioritization activities. Also contains site description.

I.    Historical/Cultural Resources

21.  *Camp Dresser and McKee Inc. Preliminary Environmental and Health Impact Statement for the Materials Handling Complex at the Former Keegan Landfill. May 1995. [1] Based on the results of an environmental data collection program at the Keegan Landfill, this assessment characterized the significant beneficial and adverse impacts to the following environments: physical/chemical, biological/ecological, cultural, and socioeconomic. Identified both positive and negative potential groundwater, surface water quality, wetlands, traffic, visual, and recreational impacts.

J.   Restoration/Remediation Design Plans

22.  *Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. Land Use Feasibility Study Keegan Landfill, Kearny, New Jersey Final Report. July 1998. [1] Evaluates the development potential of the Keegan Landfill based on existing, available data. Includes a description of existing conditions, compiled through literature review. Reviews geology, subsurface hydrology, soils, water quality, wetlands (adjacent Kearny Freshwater Marsh), air quality, noise, and hazardous materials. Also reviews landfill closure regulations, funding, and methods.

23.  *HMDC. The HMDC Official Orphan Landfill Tour. January 1999. [2] Submitted to the USACE as part of permit application No. 93-00080 Volume VIII of XXV March 99. It includes specific site descriptions and proposed closure tasks and concerns for Malanka, Avon, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Erie, and Keegan Landfills.

K. Bibliographic Updates                   

Site #46: Keegan Landfill