Agrico Chemical Company
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: FLD980221857
Location: Pensacola, Escambia County, FL
Lat/Long: 30.45120, -087.225600
Congressional District: 01
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final 10/04/89
Affected Media: Ground water, Sludge, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction complete - 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: Site is not currently in use - potential for future alternative energy, commercial or recreational use
Site Manager: Scott Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Current Site Status
The Agrico Chemical Company site includes an area where agrichemical production operations took place from 1889 until 1975. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated ground water, sludge and soil resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the site's potentially responsible parties (PRPs) 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 residences and businesses to the public water supply. By monitoring ground water, inspecting the site, placing institutional controls on the site property and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, FDEP and the site's PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.
The 35-acre site is located on the northwest corner of Fairfield Drive and Interstate 110 in Pensacola, Florida, approximately 1.5 miles west of Bayou Texar, identified as a discharge area for ground water migrating from the site. No buildings from past site operations remain at the site. The Escambia Wood Treating Company site to the north, a mini-storage company borders the site to the south, Interstate 110 borders the site to the east and a CSX railroad switching yard borders the site to the west. Surrounding land uses include commercial and industrial land uses.
The site includes the area where chemical production operations began in 1889. Several companies produced fertilizers at the site between 1920 and 1975. Conoco purchased the facility in 1963 and operated the fertilizer plant until 1972. Agrico Chemical Company purchased the facility in 1972 and operated the plant until 1975. Operations discharged wastewater into four unlined on-site ponds.
In 1989, EPA placed the site on the NPL. The site is currently fenced and vacant.
Site investigations found contamination in site ground water, sludge and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include fluoride, arsenic, lead, nitrate and nitrite, and radium 226/228.
In addition, the Northwest Florida Water Management District has listed the site and nearby surrounding area as a ground water delineation area, which means all wells placed in the area require the District's approval.
Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight
The site's PRPs lead site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.
Site Cleanup Plan
Site investigations and cleanup activities have focused on two areas, which EPA refers to as operable units, or OUs. These areas include OU-1: contaminated soil and sludge; and OU-2: ground water.
In 1992, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for OU-1. The plan included the following activities:
- Digging up, solidifying and stabilizing contaminated sludge and soil from on-site ponds.
- Consolidating stabilized material into one pond.
- Constructing a cap over the pond.
- Construction of a below-ground barrier wall uphill from the cap.
- Monitoring of ground water.
- Placing institutional controls on the site property to limit access, ground water use and land uses at the site.
In 1994, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a ROD) for OU-2. The plan included the following activities:
- Using monitored natural attenuation to address ground water contamination.
- Monitoring ground water in the sand-and-gravel aquifer.
- Monitoring surface water in Bayou Texar.
- Placing institutional controls on the site property to restrict ground water use.
- Establishing an advisory program to inform contractors of ground water conditions at the site.
Site PRPs completed soil cleanup activities at OU-1 between 1995 and 1997. The PRPs removed soil and sludge, solidified and stabilized the material, and placed it under a cap on site. In May 1997, ground water monitoring activities began at OU-1. PRPs inspect the cap, fences, gates, storm water ditches and ponds twice annually. The PRPs initiated an advisory program in July 1999 to inform contractors of ground water conditions near the site. PRPs also send a notice annually to water well contractors, irrigation system installers and pool contractors conducting work in southern Escambia County. EPA placed institutional controls on the site property to limit ground water and land use at the site.
The site's third Five-Year Review, completed in 2010, found the cleanup remained protective of human health and the environment.
EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site's PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continue 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 and information meetings.
In addition, site PRPs have developed a website to keep the community informed about site activities. The community group Citizen's Against Toxic Exposures meets occasionally to discuss the site and the neighboring Escambia Wood Treating Company site.
Ground water monitoring continues at the site.
The site remains vacant. Potential reuse ideas for the site to date have included a solar energy production facility, a warehouse and a recreational area.
EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2010 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2015.
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.
West Florida Regional Library
200 W. Gregory St.
Pensacola, FL 32501