A University Landfill Site Investigation
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The following is a description of the RCRA Facilities Investigation (RFI) that Brown and Caldwell Consultants (BCC) conducted at the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA) landfill in 1989. By a careful study of the existing site information, a well-focused approach to the RFI was developed and a favorable outcome achieved. The work was completed in one well-coordinated phase. The site is located in northeast Georgia, south of Athens, Georgia. The landfill was an active repository for low-level radioactive and chemical wastes from 1969 until 1979. The site has not received waste material since 1979. The landfill has approximate dimensions of 250 feet by 150 feet. It consists of east-west trenches, approximately 8 to 12 feet deep. The landfill is equally divided into the eastern half, which received chemical waste, and the western half, which received low-level radioactive and biological wastes. An ephemeral/intermittent stream is located approximately 200 feet north of the landfill. The purpose of the RFI was to validate any evidence of a release at the 1andfi1l, to determine the extent of potential contamination, and to obtain information on the nature and the extent of the release of contaminants. The need for interim corrective action, or a corrective measure study, was thus evaluated. This was accomplished through a series of data gathering and evaluating steps, including review of existing information and additional data obtained from soil and groundwater analyses. Based on the information gathered, an assessment of the impact of the contaminant release was formulated.