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Taylor Road Landfill


Eastern edge of Taylor Road Landfill site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD980494959
Location: Brandon, Hillsborough County, FL
Lat/Long: 28.009710, -082.293050
Congressional District: 09
NPL Status: Proposed: 12/30/82; Final: 09/08/83
Affected Media: Ground water
Cleanup Status: Construction complete - physical cleanup activities have been completed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Ground water Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In reuse – public and recreational land uses
Site Manager: Erik Spalvins (spalvins.erik@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Taylor Road Landfill site includes a county-owned area where a residential, commercial and industrial landfill operated from 1976 to 1980. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated ground water resulting from waste handling practices. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Hillsborough County, the site’s primary 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. A water line connects nearby residences and businesses to the public water supply. By monitoring ground water, placing institutional controls on the site property and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, FDEP and the site’s PRP continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

Site Location and Background

The 42-acre site is located approximately seven miles east of Tampa in eastern Hillsborough County, Florida. The site is part of a larger 252-acre county property that contains three closed landfills. The site includes one of the three landfills. Residential, commercial and agricultural land uses surround the site. The nearest residence is approximately 1,000 feet northwest of the site.

From 1975 until 1980, Hillsborough County operated a solid waste landfill at the site. In February 1980, the landfill reached capacity and operations moved to the landfill next to the site. In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

EPA awarded Hillsborough County the 2010 EPA Region 4 Excellence in Site Reuse award for creatively reusing the site to serve multiple purposes that benefit the community. Hillsborough County established a recycling center, a community collection center, a household chemical/electronics collection center, a site maintenance facility and an environmental field office at the site. The County also uses a portion of the landfill to grow hay for erosion control. In addition, Hillsborough County collaborated with the Tampa Radio-Control Aircraft Club and the Academy of Model Aeronautics to build a model airplane park that includes a paved runway and covered working areas. Hillsborough County also collaborated with the U.S. Department of Energy on a study to evaluate using methane from landfills as a renewable energy source, providing valuable information on using landfill gas for power generation.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metals.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

Hillsborough County, the site’s primary PRP, leads site cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1995, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

In 2000, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences to remove Florida Secondary Drinking Water Standards from site ground water cleanup requirements.

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

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Cleanup Progress

In 1998, Hillsborough County began the expansion of the site’s ground water monitoring system. The County installed five new ground water monitoring wells and connected seven nearby residences to the public water supply in 1999.

EPA and the County placed institutional controls on the site property.

The site’s second Five-Year Review, completed in 2008, found that the cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment.

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’s PRP to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP continues to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

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, fact sheets and public meetings.

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Future Work

Ground water monitoring is ongoing at the site. EPA will evaluate the current sampling program to optimize the long-term monitoring plan.

EPA completed the most recent Five-Year Review in 2013 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2018.

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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

Thonotosassa Public Library
10715 Maion St.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

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