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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD052172954
Location: Lake Park, Palm Beach County, FL
Lat/Long: 26.793700, -080.073800
Congressional District: 23
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final 08/30/90
Affected Media: Ground water
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Ground water Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In continued use – industrial land uses are located on site
Site Manager: Bill Denman (denman.bill@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The BMI-Textron site includes an area where various companies have conducted manufacturing operations since 1969. One company, BMI-Textron, performed soil cleanup actions at the site in 1984 and 1990. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1990 because of contaminated ground water resulting from facility operations. EPA, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and BMI-Textron, the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP), investigated site conditions and took steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. In 2002, after ground water achieved drinking water standards, EPA deleted the site from the NPL. EPA does not anticipate additional work at the site.

Site Location and Background

The 3.4-acre site is located in Tri-City Industrial Park in the southwest section of Lake Park, Florida, just north of West Palm Beach. Commercial and industrial businesses, including a sign manufacturer, a stone wholesaler, a custom cabinet shop and an electrical contractor border the site to the north, east and west. A residential area, which includes low-income and minority residents, is located directly south of the site. The Trans Circuits, Inc. Superfund site is located one block northwest of the site.

Basic Microelectronics, Inc. (BMI) began manufacturing operations in Lake Park in 1969. Textron Inc. acquired BMI in January 1981 and began operating at the site as BMI-Textron. The facility manufactured chromium-backed glass plates used in the production of electronic components. Liquid waste containing cyanide from the etching process was disposed of on-site through percolation ponds and drain fields for four years under an FDEP permit. Wells at the facility monitored compliance with the permit.

In 1990, EPA listed the site on the NPL. BMI-Textron continued to conduct manufacturing operations during the cleanup process. Florida Aero Precision later purchased the BMI-Textron site. Currently, Florida Aero Precision operates an aerospace parts manufacturing facility on site, which specializes in manufacturing turbine engine parts for industrial gas turbines and flight turbines.

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Threats and Contaminants

The site’s PRP, BMI-Textron, addressed soil-related threats through cleanup actions in 1984 and 1990 with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

Previous site investigations found contamination in ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination was a result of waste disposal practices at the site. Contaminants of concern in ground water included arseniccyanide, fluoride and sodium.

Cleanup actions have addressed ground water contamination threats. Using monitored natural attenuation, the PRP cleaned up affected ground water to levels that meet federal drinking water standards. 

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

BMI-Textron, the site’s PRP, led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1994, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The overall goal of the cleanup plan selected was to clean up contaminated ground water to drinking water standards. EPA chose monitored natural attenuation to achieve the standards. The plan included the following activities:

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

The site’s PRP dug up cyanide-contaminated soils and oversaw natural attenuation of ground water contamination.

In 1984, the PRP dug up soil from an abandoned percolation pond at the north-central end of the site. The PRP removed approximately 680 cubic yards of cyanide-contaminated soil and transported it to a hazardous waste facility regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

In 1990, the PRP removed chromium- and cyanide-contaminated soils from another percolation pond. As part of the effort, the PRP filled in the dug-up area with four feet of material and capped it with asphalt.
In 1994, the PRP initiated ground water monitoring to make sure ground water contaminants naturally attenuated, as required in the 1994 ROD.

The site’s only Five-Year Review, completed in 2000, concluded that the selected cleanup approach continued to protect people and the environment.

In 2002, EPA deleted the site from the NPL after determining that the site’s PRP had implemented all appropriate response actions. The deletion notice stated that, “EPA, with concurrence of FDEP, has determined all appropriate actions at the BMI-Textron Site have been completed, and no further remedial action is necessary. Water well permitting regulations continue to be administered through the South Florida Water Management Department, the Palm Beach County Health Department and FDEP.”

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

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Enforcement Activities

In the 1980s, FDEP issued a series of consent orders requiring the site’s PRP to conduct soil-related cleanup actions. 

In the early 1990s, EPA ordered the PRP to investigate and clean up the site.

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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. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.

EPA 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 included public notices and public meetings.

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Future Work

EPA does not require additional Five-Year Reviews for the site.

EPA does not anticipate additional work at the site.

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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
Lake Park Library
529 Park Ave.
Lake Park, FL 33403

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