The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday announced a $384,000 grant to temporarily help clean up a dump near Annapolis that is filled with hazardous wastes, including lead, cyanide and arsenic.
EPA spokeswoman Janet Luffy said the emergency funds will enable crews, beginning Monday, to remove chemical drums, strip away contaminated surface soil, apply a layer of clay to seal the three-acre area, and install monitoring wells and filter fences at a nearby stream.
Anne Arundel County officials requested the funds 10 days ago, and Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) wrote to the EPA Thursday supporting the request.
The dump, which is near the Magothy River on Middletown Road off U.S. 50, is No. 271 on the EPA's Superfund list of hazardous waste sites to be cleaned up, Luffy said. She said she didn't know when the EPA would start on a long-term solution.
The dump is owned by Dale Dickerson, who did not have a license to store hazardous wastes, Luffy said. A Maryland district court in April 1982 ordered him to clean up the site within one year but Dickerson lacked the money, Luffy said.
State officials first noticed barrels with paint sludges on them in March 1981 and identified the dump as a hazardous waste site.