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Gold Coast Oil Corp.


Southern part of the Gold Coast site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD071307680
Location: Miami, Dade County, FL
Lat/Long: 25.743400, -080.311200
Congressional District: 18
NPL Status: Proposed:12/30/82; Final: 09/08/83; Deleted: 10/09/96
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Ground water Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Bill Denman (denman.bill@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Gold Coast Oil Corp. site includes the area where Gold Coast Oil operated an oil and solvent reclamation facility and bulk storage area from the early 1970s until 1982. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and CSX Transportation, the site’s primary potentially responsible party (PRP), investigated site conditions and took steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. The PRP removed nearly 900 tons of contaminated soils and treated over 80 million gallons of water. After the PRP completed all site cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1996. The Agency completed the site’s final Five-Year Review in 2001. EPA does not anticipate additional work at the site.

Site Location and Background

The site is located in a mixed commercial, industrial and residential area of Miami, Florida. Immediate site surroundings include a rail line to the north and west, a group of small businesses to the south and SW 71st Avenue to the east.

The site is a 2-acre facility that formerly operated as an oil and solvent reclamation facility and bulk storage area. CSX Transportation (formerly Seaboard Coast Line) owned the property and leased it to Gold Coast Oil in the early 1970s. The company operated the facility from the early 1970s until 1982, when the company lost its lease due to regulatory violations.

In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL. The site is not currently in use. The site can support industrial land uses.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations identified contamination in soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Poor operational management practices and improper disposal of wastes resulted in extensive contamination of surface and belowground soils at the site. Contamination also affected the underlying Biscayne Aquifer, a primary drinking water source for Miami-Dade County.  Contaminants of concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in both soil and ground water, and metals in soil.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s primary PRP, CSX Transportation, led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1987, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

In 1994, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) to change the ground water cleanup level for tetrachloroethene selected in the 1987 ROD.

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD, ESD and Five-Year Reviews.

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Cleanup Progress

In 1982, site owner CSX Transportation evicted Gold Coast Oil from the property and agreed to voluntarily clean up the site.

In 1983, the state requested that EPA take the lead at the site.

In 1989, site PRP CSX Transportation began soil cleanup activities and completed them the following year. The PRP disposed of nearly 900 tons of contaminated soils and hardened waste sludge off site.

In 1990, the PRP implemented a comprehensive system of ground water monitoring, recovery and disposal. The ground water recovery and treatment system recovered and treated over 80 million gallons of water, reducing contaminants in the underlying water to within federal and state drinking water standards.

The site’s Five-Year Reviews, completed in 1995 and 2001, found that the site’s cleanup approach continued to protect people and the environment.

In 1996, EPA deleted the site from the NPL. The site’s deletion notice states that EPA and FDEP “have determined that the Site poses no significant threat to public health or the environment and therefore, further response measures pursuant to CERCLA are not appropriate.”

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

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated a legal agreement with the site’s primary PRP, CSX Transportation, to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP funded site cleanup, 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 remained informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts included public notices, interviews and public meetings.

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Future Work

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review for the site in 2001.

EPA does not anticipate additional work at the site.

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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

Florida International Library
Room AT-235
Miami, FL 33199

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