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More work on tap for Dixon scrapyard cleanup

DIXON – The City Council will vote Monday on spending $157,600 for more consulting work anticipated at the Dixon Iron and Metal site.

In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency came to do about $3 million of time-critical cleanup work for the scrapyard at 78 Monroe Ave. after tests found that contaminants spread to the groundwater in the Rock River.

Work included replacing contaminated soil with clean soil, disposing of hazardous materials and restoring the property by back filling excavated areas and planting grass, as well as building an interceptor trench to capture any flowing contaminants.

The council will vote on a contract Monday for additional consulting services from Fehr Graham Engineering and Environmental, which has coordinated with the city and the state and federal EPA during the last couple of years.

"U.S. EPA efforts will leave DIMCO in a better, and much different state, than the previous scrapyard setting; However, there will still need to be additional remediation and reporting to prepare the site for redevelopment," Fehr Graham Project Manager Ross Grimes said in the contract proposal.

Services would include continuing to coordinate with the agencies, determine long-term operations when the city becomes responsible for the site, preparing a plan for further sampling, processing data gathered by the EPA, creating planning documents for the future of the site, preparing reports and a grant application for further cleanup.

The city acquired the property earlier this year through abandonment court, after about 2 years of extending a contract to buy the scrapyard while environmental tests were conducted.

The state EPA helped the city with the initial environmental assessment process, at no charge, and the council approved a $122,000 contract last year with Fehr Graham to do further tests.

Those tests found levels of heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCBs, that exceeded EPA standards, and the IEPA recommended the site to the federal agency for cleanup.

Earlier this month, the City Council approved spending about $30,000 on additional samplings that aren’t covered by federal dollars.


The City Council next meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.
Go to or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.

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