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Reeves Southeastern Galvanizing Corp.


Facility entrance at the Reeves Southeastern Galvanizing Corporation site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD000824896
Location: Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
Lat/Long: 27.972500, -082.341930
Congressional District: 11
NPL Status: Proposed: 12/30/82; Final: 09/08/83
Affected Media: Ground water, Sediment, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction Underway - Physical cleanup activities are partially complete.
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Insufficient data
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Continued industrial use
Site Manager: Scott Martin (martin.scott@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Reeves Southeastern Galvanizing Corp. site includes the area where galvanizing and wire production operations began in the 1960s. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated ground water, sediment and soil resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Reeves Trust, the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP), 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 and wetland areas and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, FDEP and the site’s PRP continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The site is located in a commercial area of Tampa, Florida, approximately one quarter-mile west of U.S. Interstate 75. The site includes the 17-acre Southeastern Galvanizing (SEG) property, the 11-acre Southeastern Wire (SEW) property and the 1.75-acre North Wetland. The SEW property is located southeast of the SEG property. The North Wetland is located along the western border of the SEG property, in an electrical utility right-of-way. The Peak Oil Co. /Bay Drum Co. Superfund site is located south of the SEG property, along State Road 574 and west of the SEW property. Industrial and commercial land uses surround the site.

Beginning in the 1960s, SEG facility operations generated process wastes and sent the wastes to the SEW facility for neutralization and discharge to on-site storage ponds. In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

In 1996, Industrial Galvanizers of America began leasing a 10-acre portion of the SEG property; the company’s hot-dip galvanizing operations at the site are ongoing. In 2001, Master-Halco, Inc. purchased the SEW property and operated a wire fence manufacturing facility on site. Fencing surrounds the Industrial Galvanizers of America and Master-Halco, Inc. areas of the site.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

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

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. In addition, a Hillsborough County ordinance requires that new construction must connect to the public water supply.

View map of ground water delineation area.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

Reeves Trust, the site’s PRP, leads 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 three areas, which EPA refers to as operable units, or OUs. These areas include OU-1: soil and sediment contamination; OU-2: contamination in the northern surficial ground water; and OU-3: contamination in the North Wetland and unnamed creek.

In 1993, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Records of Decision, or ROD) for OU-1. The plan included the following activities:

In 1993, EPA issued a cleanup plan (ROD) for OU-2. The plan included the following activities:

In 1994, EPA issued a cleanup plan (ROD) for OU-3. EPA determined that ground water monitoring was the only action required.

In 1997, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) to allow off-site containment of contaminated soil and sediment for OU-1.

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

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Cleanup Progress

The PRP dug up contaminated soil and sediment in 1996 and 1997. In 1997, the PRP shipped the dug-up soil and sediment to an off-site landfill and then backfilled and revegetated the dug-up areas. Two spills occurred on the site in 1996 and 1997 and the PRP conducted additional short-term cleanup activities.

The PRP installed a monitoring well in 1998 and conducted additional studies of ground water contamination. In 2002, the PRP began monitoring the North Wetland. In 2004, the PRP designed a ground water control structure to prevent contaminated ground water from discharging to local surface water.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2011, found that the cleanup for OU-1 and OU-2 remains protective of human health and the environment. The Review also identified the need for additional site investigations and institutional controls to restrict use of site ground water.

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

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site PRP to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP continues 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 is working 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 is conducting 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 include public notices, interviews and public meetings.

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Future Work

Ground water and wetland monitoring is ongoing.

The PRP continues to investigate ground water contamination to determine whether the cleanup plan will need to be expanded or changed. If changes are needed, EPA will issue an ESD or ROD Amendment to update the original cleanup plan.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2011 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2016.

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Additinal 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

Brandon Regional Library
619 Vondenburg Drive
Brandon, FL  33511

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