Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: FLD032845778
Location: Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County, FL
Lat/Long: 34.851660, -080.904160
Congressional District: 23
NPL Status: Superfund Alternative Approach Site (non NPL)
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction Underway - Physical cleanup activities have started.
Human Exposure Under Control: N/A
Groundwater Migration Under Control: N/A
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: N/A
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In reuse – commercial, light industrial and recreational land uses, including warehouses, storage space and a public park, are located on site
Site Manager: Bill Denman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Current Site Status
The Solitron Devices Inc. site was the location of an electronic components manufacturing facility from 1959 until 1992. EPA did not list the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) but considers it an NPL-caliber site and is addressing it through the Superfund Alternative Approach. EPA is addressing the site because of contaminated soil and ground water resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the City of Riviera Beach and Honeywell 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 site contamination. Nearby residents and businesses use the public water system for drinking purposes. A public park is also located on site; contamination has not affected it. By conducting ongoing ground water treatment and monitoring, EPA, FDEP, the City of Riviera Beach and the site’s PRP continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.
Site Location and Background
The 8-acre site is located at 1177 Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida. The site is south of Blue Heron Boulevard, between Avenue P and a north-south canal west of Australian Avenue. The site is located in a mixed industrial, commercial and residential area in Riviera Beach. There is a residential community across the street from the site. The site is located less than a mile southwest of the City of Riviera Beach’s water treatment plant.
In 1959, Honeywell, Inc. built a facility at the site and began manufacturing electronic components for the defense and space industries. Solitron Devices, Inc. assumed ownership from Honeywell, Inc. in 1965, continuing similar operations and expanding the facility. Operations ended in 1992. The owner sold the site property in 2000. The new owner redeveloped the site for commercial and light industrial land uses, including warehousing, light manufacturing and storage. In 2008, All Air Conditioned Self Storage, Inc. purchased the property and currently operates a self-storage facility. A public park is also located on site.
Site investigations found contamination in soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Soil and ground water contamination resulted from facility operations. Contaminants of concern identified include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals.
Honeywell, Inc. and Solitron Devices, Inc. used heavy metals and organic solvents during facility operations. The facility’s industrial wastewater discharged to the City of Riviera Beach’s sewer system. In 1985, an FDEP study established that solvents – substances used to dissolve other substances – from the site had contaminated some of the municipal supply wells in the City of Riviera Beach’s public well field. These investigations found ground water contaminated with VOCs and a small area of metals-contaminated soil.
The City of Riviera Beach Water Department designed an air stripping system to treat all ground water sources for the public water supply. The city has continuously operated this air stripping system since 1988. It ensures that any potential VOC contamination from the site or other sources will not affect the public water supply. These actions made sure that residents and businesses will not encounter contaminated ground water while EPA’s cleanup approach, described below, is working to address the underlying source of contamination. Ground water contamination does not affect the residential community or other land uses near the site.
Contact with metals-contaminated soil was also a concern at the site. EPA excavated all contaminated soil and did not find contamination at the park located at the site. Once ground water cleanup is completed, the site will be able to support unrestricted uses.
Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight
The PRP leads site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.
Site Cleanup Plan
In 2004, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:
- Digging-up and disposing contaminated soil from behind the north building off site.
- Pumping and treating contaminated ground water using air stripping.
- Injecting treated water into the ground with added oxygen to enhance the natural breakdown of contaminants.
- Selecting natural attenuation for contaminants beyond the reach of the ground water pump-and-treat system.
The PRP completed construction of the ground water pump-and-treat system. The system has been in operation since March 2009.
The system pumps and treats contaminated ground water and injects clean water back into the ground. EPA has worked closely with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the PRP and the City of Riviera Beach to implement this remedy. The SFWMD has helped determine the best way to install the wells associated with the ground water pump-and-treat system. The system will continue to operate until ground water contaminant levels reach cleanup goals.
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.
EPA has 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 public meetings.
The PRP will continue to operate the ground water pump-and-treat system until contaminant levels reach cleanup goals.
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
City of Riviera Beach Public Library
600 Blue Heron Boulevard
Riviera Beach, FL 33404