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Sixty-Second Street Dump

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Gated entrance to the 62nd Street Dump site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD980728877
Location: Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
Lat/Long: 27.969430, -082.386380
Congressional District: 07
NPL Status: Proposed: 12/30/82; Final: 09/08/83; Deleted: 10/01/99
Affected Media: Debris, Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Not in use
Site Manager: Joe Alfano (alfano.joe@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Sixty-Second Street Dump site includes an area used for the disposal of waste materials in the 1960s and 1970s. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated debris, soil and ground water resulting from past waste disposal operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. By investigating site conditions, monitoring ground water and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, FDEP and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 5.5-acre site is located in a residential and industrial area in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. Surrounding land uses include undeveloped land to the north and west and a mix of rural residential areas and commercial businesses to the south and east. The Kassouf-Kimerling Battery Disposal site is located one-eighth of a mile west of the site. U.S. Interstate 4 is located one-eighth of a mile northwest of the site.

In the late 1960s, a borrow pit operated at the site where sand was dug up for use as fill material. When borrow operations ceased, the property owner allowed several Tampa-area companies to use the excavated pits for disposal of various waste materials, including construction and demolition debris, cement kiln dust, battery wastes and waste materials from an automobile shredder. The dumping operation ceased in 1976; however, unauthorized disposal of household garbage and construction debris continued.

In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL. After completing all cleanup activities, EPA removed the site from the NPL in 1999.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations identified contamination in debris, soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from improper waste disposal practices associated with former site operations. Contaminants of concern identified include antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, nickel and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). EPA considered an estimated 48,000 cubic yards of waste on site to be a potential threat to people in the area.

The site is fenced and secured. PRPs capped the site and installed a below-ground barrier wall surrounding the site. This wall surrounds contaminated ground water and makes sure contaminants do not transfer into ground water from treated soil. Ground water contamination remains on site and is not spreading. In addition, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has listed the site and nearby surrounding area as a ground water delineation area, which means all wells placed in the area require the District’s approval. Efforts are also underway to place an institutional control in the form of a restrictive covenant on the site to prohibit access to the cap and limit on-site ground water use.

PRPs conduct site inspections regularly throughout the year and ground water monitoring annually.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The PRPs led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP. While EPA identified numerous site PRPs, only The David J. Joseph Company and Lafarge Corporation actively participated in efforts to implement the site’s cleanup plan.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1990, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

In 1991, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences that changed the cleanup goal for lead in below-ground soil and allowed certain waste to be disposed of off site or recycled without treatment.

In 1995, EPA issued a ROD Amendment that removed the requirement for the on-site and off-site treatment of contaminated ground water in the surficial aquifer.

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD.

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Cleanup Progress

PRPs began cleanup actions required in the 1990 ROD in 1993 and completed them in 1995. These actions included:

EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1999. Site PRPs conduct inspections regularly throughout the year. The PRPs also conduct ground water monitoring annually.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2009, found that the site’s cleanup approach continues to protect people from remaining site contamination.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with site PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continue to fund site monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA worked with the community and its state partner to develop a long-term cleanup plan for the site, reflecting the Agency’s commitment to safe, healthy communities and environmental protection. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.

EPA conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts included public notices, interviews and information meetings on cleanup progress and activities.

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Future Work

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2009 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2014.

Annual ground water monitoring and regular site inspections are ongoing.

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Additional Information

EPA keeps additional site documents and information in a site information repository at the location below. EPA also posts site documents, when available, on EPA’s CERCLIS Site Profile page. For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.

Site Repository

John F. Germany Public Library – Special Collections
900 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida  33602

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