Taylor Road Landfill
Site Summary ProfileEPA 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
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In reuse - public use
Site Manager: Erik Spalvins (email@example.com)
The Taylor Road Landfill site is located in eastern Hillsborough County, Florida, on County-owned property, approximately seven miles east of Tampa. The County property is 252 acres in size and contains three landfills that are now closed. The Taylor Road Landfill covers 42 acres and is the only landfill of the three on the NPL.
The three landfills were developed sequentially. The first, known as the Taylor Road Landfill, was a Florida Department of Transportation borrow pit until it was permitted as a solid waste landfill for Hillsborough County in 1975. From May 1976 until February 1980, the County operated the Taylor Road Landfill, which was intended for disposal of residential, commercial, and industrial refuse. An unknown quantity of hazardous waste is suspected to have been buried in this landfill as well. In February 1980, the Taylor Road Landfill reached its capacity, and landfill operations were moved to an adjacent landfill.
The land surrounding the Taylor Road Landfill site encompasses a variety of uses, including residential, commercial, and agricultural.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metals have been found in monitoring wells on site and numerous private wells drilled into the Floridan Aquifer.
Site Cleanup Plan
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the site was issued in 1995. Major cleanup elements for the site included:
- Implementation of institutional controls to restrict construction of potable-water wells that would extract water affected by the site.
- Maintenance of ground water contaminant levels below remediation through natural attenuation or contingent corrective action (contingency would be triggered by exceedance of remediation goals).
- Modification of the existing County ground water-monitoring program to include quarterly monitoring of a "ring" of monitoring wells that define the point of compliance for site contaminated ground water.
- Provision of County water service to residents within a 270-ft setback of the compliance ring of monitoring wells.
An Explanation of Significant Difference was issued by EPA in 2000 to remove Florida Secondary Drinking Water Standards from the requirements identified in the ROD. The rationale for this change is based on the fact that Secondary Drinking Water Standards are established to improve the taste, color, and odor of drinking water, rather than address health hazards.
Expansion of the ground water-monitoring system began in the Fall of 1998. By early 1999, Hillsborough County completed the installation of five new ground water monitoring wells as part of the compliance ring network, and had completed connections to the County's water system for seven nearby residences.
Ground water data has demonstrated the effectiveness of natural attenuation in reducing contamination at the site.
Deed notices are in place to restrict land use and construction of new potable wells on site and new residential properties near the site are required to connect to the County water supply.
Two Five-Year Reviews (FYRs) have been completed for the Taylor Road Landfill site. The first FYR was completed in 2003. The second FYR for the site was finalized in September 2008. The second FYR found that the remedy for the site is protective of human health and the environment in the short term, but that institutional controls should be considered for properties where contamination from the site is above federal or state regulatory levels.
Site cleanup activities have been undertaken by potentially responsible parties (PRPs) with oversight by EPA.
Under a 1983 Consent Decree signed by EPA, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Hillsborough County, the County agreed to a 30-year maintenance and environmental monitoring program governing all three landfills on County property, and included requirements for the cap, cover, site drainage, methane gas control.
In 1993, an Administrative Order on Consent was signed by EPA and 19 PRPs to perform a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study at the site.
A 1998 Consent Decree between EPA and Hillsborough County and a number of private PRPs was signed to implement the final cleanup plan for the site.
EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities at the Taylor Road Landfill site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public notices, interviews, fact sheets, and public meetings on cleanup activities and updates.
Ground water monitoring is ongoing at the site.
Continuing work at the site includes evaluating the sampling program to optimize the long-term monitoring plan.
The next FYR for the site is scheduled for 2013.
Site Administrative Documents
For more information or to view any site-related documents, please visit the site information repository at the following location. As new documents are generated, they will be placed in the information repository for public information.
Thonotosassa Public Library
10715 Maion St.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.