Individuals near the school buildings and particularly trespassers entering the structures are at risk for building collapses and exposure to asbestos and potentially lead based paint, mercury switches and PCB ballasts. Individuals using the dump are at risk for exposure to chemical hazards, smoldering waste piles, and vermin which could spread disease.
UPDATE: The school buildings have been removed and hazards at the dump have been largely addressed. However, both locations are still active construction zones characterized by physical hazards and moving heavy equipment.
Click on the image below to view the Site Update detailing EPA's progress at the Site.
The Marty Asbestos and Waste Site includes three structurally unsound buildings (St. Joseph, St. Katherine and White Frame) at an active boarding school in Marty, South Dakota, and a large unregulated dumping location 3 miles northeast of town.
The boarding school buildings contain asbestos and lead based paint. School officials have attempted to restrict access to the buildings, but school employees, students and trespassers may be exposed.
The unregulated dumping location is used dozens of times each day by people and businesses from as far away as Nebraska and often catches fire.
EPA is conducting a CERCLA Time Critical Removal Action to:
- Demolish and remove the structurally compromised school buildings which contain asbestos.
- Create a repository at the unregulated dumping location for both debris from the demolished buildings and waste which has been abandoned at the dump location.
- Remediate the dump location to support future use by the Tribe as a transfer station.