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Kassauf-Kimerling (58th Street Landfill)


Gate and landfill cap at Kassouf-Kimberling site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD980727820
Location: Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
Lat/Long: 27.967210, -082.390000
Congressional District: 07
NPL Status: Proposed: 12/30/82; Final: 09/8/93; Deleted: 10/02/2000
Affected Media: Debris, Sediment, Soil, Surface water
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL: physical cleanup activities have been completed.
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Entire site is currently ready for reuse
Site Manager: Joe Alfano (alfano.joe@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Kassauf-Kimerling Battery Disposal site (also referred to as the 58th Street Landfill site) includes a former peat extraction area later used as a landfill in the 1970s. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1993 because of contaminated sediment, soil, surface water and ground water resulting from past waste handling operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Gulf Coast Lead, Inc., Mr. Kassauf and Mr. Kimerling, 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 monitoring ground water, placing institutional controls on the site property 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 less than 1-acre site is located in Hillsborough County, just north of Columbus Drive on the east side of 58th Street in Tampa, Florida. The site includes a canal, cut through the landfill in the late 1970s, that connects marshes to the east and west of the site. Undeveloped land borders the site to the north, commercial businesses border the site to the south, a wetland borders the site to the east and 58th Street borders the site to the west. The 62nd Street Dump Superfund site is located approximately one-eighth of a mile east of the site.

Peat extraction took place at the site prior to the 1970s. In the 1970s, Gulf Coast Lead, Inc. filled the peat pits with cracked rubber and lead-acid battery casings and then covered the area with a layer of sand. During this time, a canal was cut through the fill material to connect the western and eastern marshes to promote surface drainage at the site. The fenced and secured site is currently vacant. Potential future uses of the site include commercial and industrial land uses.  

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contaminated ground water, sediment, soil and surface water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern identified include arseniccadmium and lead.

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.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

Gulf Coast Lead, Inc., Mr. Kassauf and Mr. Kimerling, the site’s PRPs, lead site investigation and cleanup activities with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

Site investigations and cleanup activities have focused on two areas, which EPA refers to as operable units, or OUs. These areas include OU-1: the landfill area; and OU-2: the marsh and wetland area.

In 1989, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for OU-1. The plan included the following activities:

In 1990, EPA issued a cleanup plan (ROD) for OU-2. The plan included the following activities:

The 1990 ROD required wetland mitigation in the marshes next to the site but did not specify any particular requirements. However, a private citizen owned the area of the marsh impacted by contamination from the landfill. The site’s PRPs offered to buy the citizen's property but the citizen refused to sell it.

In 1994, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) to explain that McKay Bay was an unacceptable alternate location for implementation of the wetlands mitigation because of contamination found in the bay.

In 1997, EPA issued another ESD to change the location of the wetlands mitigation from McKay Bay to Mobbly Bay. The 14-acre Mobbly Bay project is located in Northern Tampa Bay (Old Tampa Bay) within approximately 15 acres of property owned by the City of Olds Mar and Panelist County. The project site includes several man-made open water ponds.

In 2010, EPA issued an ESD to place institutional controls on the site property to make sure areas addressed by the cleanup plan are not disturbed without the prior permission of EPA and FDEP.

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

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Cleanup Progress

EPA conducted site investigations from 1985 to 1988 to identify contamination in soils and surficial ground water at the landfill as well as in surface water and sediments in the marsh next to the site.

In 1994, PRPs completed cleanup activities for OU-1 and OU-2. In 1997, PRPs agreed to initiate construction on the Mobbly Bay wetland mitigation project. All construction at Mobbly Bay has been completed. In 1998, PRPs began ground water monitoring. In 2000, after completion of site cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2009, found that the ground water monitoring data continues to confirm the effectiveness of the soil stabilization used in the cleanup approaches for OU-1 and OU-2.

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

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Enforcement Activities

EPA conducted site investigations but later negotiated legal agreements with the site PRPs to clean up the site. The PRPs continue to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

RODs and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional 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 has 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 have included public notices, interviews and information meetings.

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Future Work

Ground water monitoring is ongoing.

EPA and the site PRPs plan to place additional institutional controls on the main facility at the site and the marsh east of the site.

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

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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

Tampa Hillsborough Library
900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602

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