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EPA ID: FLD004072658
Location: Seminole County, FL
Lat/Long: 28.715738, -081.323483
Congressional District: 08
NPL Status: Superfund Alternative Site
Affected Media: Ground water
Cleanup Status: Treatability study underway
Human Exposure Under Control: NA
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: NA
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Commercial/light industrial use - a film capacitor manufacturing business currently operate at the site.
Site Manager: Rusty Kestle (kestle.rusty@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Sprague Electric Company site includes the area where the Sprague Electric Company manufactured film capacitors from 1959 to 1992. After its operations closed down, Great American Financial Resources, Inc. (GAFRI), the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP), purchased the site property and currently leases it to another, similar manufacturing company. Past operations at the site resulted in ground water contamination. EPA did not list the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) but considers it an NPL-caliber site and is addressing it through EPA’s Superfund Alternative Approach. Ground water from the site has may have merged with contaminated ground water from the adjacent General Dynamics Longwood Superfund site.

EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the site’s PRP have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Limited ground water treatment began in 1997 and is ongoing. Long-term cleanup of the site will begin after EPA and the site’s PRP finalize a legal agreement. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. GAFRI placed filters on private drinking water wells on two nearby properties. All other residents and businesses use the local public water system for drinking water. Through ongoing ground water treatment and monitoring, 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 12-acre site is located in a commercial and light industrial area of Longwood in Seminole County, Florida. The site is fenced and includes one large building that houses an active manufacturing facility. Big Tree Park is located west of the site. Several industrial properties are also located nearby. The General Dynamics Longwood Superfund site, currently vacant, is located directly north of the site; a chain-link fence runs between the two sites.

Sprague Electric Company manufactured film capacitors on site from 1959 to 1992. After manufacturing, operators cleaned the capacitors with vapor degreasers containing trichloroethylene (TCE) and trichloroethane (TCA). After the company stopped operating, GAFRI purchased the site property. GAFRI leases the site property and associated buildings to Dearborn Electronics, which operates a film capacitor manufacturing facility on site. Dearborn Electronics does not use TCE or TCA in its manufacturing operations.

EPA did not list the site on the NPL but considers it an NPL-caliber site and is addressing it through EPA’s Superfund Alternative Approach. This approach uses the same investigation and cleanup process and standards EPA uses for sites listed on the NPL.

View site location map. The purple line is the boundary of the General Dynamics Longwood site; the orange line is the boundary of the Sprague Electric Company site.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found TCE and TCA contamination in upper-level ground water and the portion of the Floridan Aquifer located beneath the site. If not properly addressed, ground water contamination at the site could pose a threat to the nearby City of Winter Springs’ public water supply well field. Sampling findings indicated two private drinking water wells with contamination at levels that could potentially harm people; this contamination may have resulted from past activities at either the Sprague Electric Company site or the General Dynamics Longwood site. GAFRI placed filters on these wells and continues to oversee the filter systems. All other residents have connections to the public water system. The City of Winter Springs operates the nearest public water supply wells and monitors collected water for contaminants.

EPA does not consider vapor intrusion to be a threat to people living or working near the site.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA assumed lead responsibility for the site from FDEP in 2003. GAFRI, the site’s PRP, now leads site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 2010, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included treating ground water with chemicals called oxidants to break down contaminants and soil vapor extraction. The PRP will use soil vapor extraction to make sure that use of the oxidants in ground water does not result in the release of harmful vapors into the manufacturing building.

A summary of the site cleanup approach is also available in the ROD.

RECORD OF DECISION, SUMMARY OF REMEDIAL ALTERNATIVE SELECTION, SPRAGUE ELECTRIC COMPANY SUPERFUND ALTERNATIVE SITE, OU1, LONGWOOD, SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA. (PDF) (105 pp, 8.78MB, About PDF)

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Cleanup Progress

A ground water cleanup system required by FDEP in operation since 1997 continues to address upper and lower surficial aquifers along the northern portion of the site property.

The site’s PRP will carry out the site cleanup plan after EPA and the PRP finalize a legal agreement.

The PRP is currently conducting a voluntary treatability study to assess additional technology options for the ground water cleanup. This information will inform the remedial design phase of the site’s cleanup.

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Enforcement Activities

FDEP signed legal agreements with the Sprague Electric Company in 1986 and 1987.

The site’s PRP, GAFRI, signed a legal agreement with EPA in 2004 to implement the site’s remedial investigation.

EPA is currently negotiating a legal agreement with GAFRI to carry out the approved site cleanup plan (the ROD).

More information on enforcement activities is included in the ROD.

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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 and information meetings on cleanup progress and activities.

In January 2010, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) held an open house in Longwood to discuss the Sprague Electric Company and General Dynamics Longwood sites. Community members had the opportunity to meet with Florida DOH, EPA, FDEP and Seminole County Health Department staff and to learn more about the two sites and the health assessment process. The ATSDR Health Consultation (PDF) (151 pp, 2MB, About PDF) contains additional information.

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Future Work

The site’s PRP will carry out the site cleanup plan after EPA and the PRP finalize a legal agreement.

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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

West Branch Public Library
245 North Hunt Club Boulevard
Longwood, Florida  32279

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