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Parramore Surplus

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Machinery stored at edge of Parramore Surplus site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD041140344
Location: Mount Pleasant, Gadsen County, FL
Lat/Long: 30.660680, -084.693750
Congressional District: 02
NPL Status: Proposed: 08/30/82 Final: 09/08/83; Deleted: 02/21/89
Affected Media: Ground water
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL - Physical cleanup activities have been completed.
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Continued Industrial Use - Warehouses and storage areas remained in operation throughout remediation activities.
Site Contact: Brenda Lane (lane.brenda@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Parramore Surplus site includes the area where Parramore Surplus has operated a storage and resale company for surplus military equipment since 1972. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated soil and ground water resulting from drum storage operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDER, now the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, or FDEP) and the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP), Parramore Surplus, investigated site conditions and undertook measures to clean up the site. All actions were designed to ensure that local residents and the environment are safe from site contamination. In 1983, Parramore Surplus excavated and treated contaminated soil. In 1987, EPA determined that the PRP would not need to take additional cleanup actions except for limited ground water monitoring. EPA documented this decision in a Record of Decision, or ROD. In 1989, EPA deleted the site from the NPL. No additional monitoring of the site is required.

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Site Location and Background

The 25-acre site is located near Mount Pleasant in Gadsen County, Florida, at the intersection of Highway 90 and Service Road 379. Parramore Surplus is a storage and resale company for U.S. Navy and Air Force surplus equipment that has operated on the site since 1972. The site includes warehouses and storage areas. The site is located in a sparsely populated rural area. Agricultural land and single-family homes border the site to the north and east, a church borders the site to the south and a fire station borders the site to the west.

In the early 1970s, Parramore Surplus began purchasing products from various naval and air force bases in Florida and Alabama. These products included drummed paint residues, waste oil, alcohols and degreasers. In 1982, FDER inspected the site and found 400 to 600 drums, some of which were leaking and killing vegetation. At the request of FDER, EPA conducted a site inspection and collected soil and waste samples in 1982. In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations identified contamination in soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Some of the leaking drums found on the site contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), solvents (substances used to dissolve other substances) and cyanide.

The PRP cleaned up surface contamination in 1983. Ground water monitoring conducted in the late 1980s by the PRP indicated that the site poses no threat to people or the environment.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The PRP led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

At a meeting between EPA, FDER and the PRP, Parramore Surplus, held after the site was listed on the NPL, Parramore Surplus agreed to voluntarily clean up PCB-contaminated soil. After Parramore Surplus cleaned up the soil, both FDER and EPA inspected the site and noted on July 28, 1983, that Parramore Surplus had met the conditions of the cleanup agreement. During the investigation, the parties identified three additional areas of contamination. At the request of FDER, Parramore Surplus cleaned up these areas as well.

In 1987, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. In the ROD, EPA explained that, based upon all available and relevant information regarding the site, additional cleanup actions to address the site’s contamination source (such as additional soil cleanup) were not necessary to protect people or the environment. However, to ensure that ground water contamination had not resulted from past disposal of hazardous materials at the site, EPA required a ground water quality assessment consisting of two sampling events as part of the ROD.

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

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Cleanup Progress

In 1983, Parramore Surplus excavated and treated contaminated soil and conducted ground water monitoring. Parramore Surplus achieved all established goals for surface contamination. In addition, ground water sampling results indicated that the site poses no threat to people or the environment.

EPA deleted the site from the NPL on February 21, 1989, with the deletion notice stating “EPA, with the concurrence of the State of Florida, has determined that the Parramore Surplus site poses no significant threat to public health or the environment and therefore, no soil remediation and no further ground water studies are necessary.”

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available online in the site deletion notice.

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Enforcement Activities

Parramore Surplus agreed to voluntarily clean up the site’s PCB-contaminated soil.

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Community Involvement

EPA 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. EPA cannot fulfill its mission without community engagement and public outreach as core components of the program’s activities.

EPA conducted a range of community involvement activities at the 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 and fact sheets on cleanup activities and updates.

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Future Work

EPA is not required to conduct Five-Year Reviews for the site.

No further updates are warranted at this time. 

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Site Documents

Site Repository

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.

William A. McGill Library
732 South Pat Thomas Parkway
Quincy, FL 32351-2465

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