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Raleigh Street Dump


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Gated entrance to Raleigh Street Site

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Site Summary Profile

EPA ID: FLD984227249
Location: Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
Lat/Long: 27.914931, -082.4106359
Congressional District: 11
NPL Status: Proposed: 09/03/2008; Final: 04/09/2009
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Ccleanup activities underway
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In continued use – industrial operations are located on site
Site Manager: Michael Taylor (taylor.michael@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Raleigh Street Dump site includes the area where battery waste and other waste streams were disposed from 1977 until 1991. In 1988, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission received complaints that Tampa Fiberglass improperly disposed of waste at the site. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2009 because of contaminated soil and ground water resulting from waste handling practices. EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) investigated site conditions.  By designing and carrying out a cleanup plan, EPA, FDEP and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) will protect people and the environment from site contamination.

Site Location and Background

The 5-acre site is located in an industrial area of Tampa, Florida, directly east of McKay Bay. The site includes the area where Raleigh Street Dump accepted battery casings, furnace slag, trash and construction debris from 1977 to 1991. Remaining areas of the site include wetlands, vacant land and fill areas where former operations disposed of wastes. The Port of Tampa and a creek border the site to the south, vacant land to the north, vacant land and commercial businesses to the east, and a railroad yard to the west. The nearest residences are over a half-mile northeast of the site and several businesses are within a quarter-mile of the site. Tampa Fiberglass continues to operate a fiberglass production facility on the southern portion of the site.

In 2009, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Soil and ground water contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include antimonyarsenic and lead.

The contamination affected the upper level of the ground water aquifer and surface soil at the site. Contaminated water from on-site wetland areas may affect aquatic life (e.g., plants and animals) that could be consumed by residents in the area. There has been no indication that people have consumed contaminated plants or animals. EPA and FDEP evaluated the on-site wetland areas and sampled ground water monitoring wells. Sampling showed that ground water contamination has not spread beyond the site. High salinity and tidal fluctuations in the aquifer do not allow for its use for drinking water. Tampa Fiberglass uses ground water for industrial uses only. EPA and FDEP fenced areas of contaminated soil and sediment at the site to prevent access.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA led site investigation activities in cooperation with FDEP. Site PRPs currently lead cleanup activities with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 2009, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan includes the following activities:

The site’s ROD summarizes the cleanup approach planned for the site.

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Cleanup Progress

The Remedial Design was completed in September 2012. The Remedial Action was initiated in October 2012 with completion of all construction and soil excavation in March 2014. Groundwater remediation through monitored natural attenuation is underway.

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Enforcement Activities

Enforcement action is complete. The Remedial Design and Remedial Action was conducted by the PRP.

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Community Involvement

EPA continues to work with the community and its state partner to develop a long-term cleanup approach 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 is conducting a range of community involvement activities at the site to solicit community input and to make sure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts include public notices, interviews and fact sheets.

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Future Work

Continued ground water monitoring is scheduled. In addition monitoring of the wetland restoration effort will be conducted by the PRP.

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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

78th Street Community Library 
7625 Palm River Road 
Tampa, FL  33619

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