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Chemform, Inc.

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The Chemform, Inc. site has been redeveloped into a distribution center.

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Site Summary Profile

EPA ID: FLD080174402
Location: Pompano Beach, Broward County, FL
Lat/Long: 26.186750, -80.142800
Congressional District: 23
NPL Status: Proposed:  06/24/88; Final: 10/04/89; Deleted: 07/28/2000
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control:
NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use:
Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In reuse – commercial land uses are located on site
Site Manager: Jennifer Wendel  (wendel.jennifer@epa.gov)



Current Site Status

The Chemform, Inc. site includes the area where manufacturing operations took place from 1967 until 1985. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from waste handling practices. 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. By sampling ground water, 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.

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Site Location and Background

The 4-acre site is located at 1410 Southwest 8th Street in an industrial area in Pompano Beach, Broward County, Florida. The site includes a 50,866-square-foot building. Southwest 8th Street borders the site to the north, an industrial access road borders the site to the south, the Wilson Concepts, Inc. Superfund site borders the site to the east and Seaboard Coastline Railroad tracks border the site to the west. The Pompano Cypress Creek Canal is approximately 3,000 feet south of the site and flows east toward the Biscayne Bay. There are no residential areas in the immediate vicinity of the site.

From 1967 until 1985, a precision machine shop manufacturing metal parts for the aerospace industry operated at the site. Operations included conventional machine making, manufacturing of an electro-chemical milling machine, and designing, manufacturing and marketing electrochemical machines for other industries. Operations discharged process wastewater into an open trench west of the building and into a septic system and associated leach field near the manufacturing building. In 1989, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2000.

In 2010, The Sol Group began distribution center operations at the site.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste disposal practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include vinyl chloride, arsenic, chromium, heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Soil contamination at the site has been addressed.

In addition, the South 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.

EPA assessed whether workers at the site might be at risk from harmful ground water vapors in buildings. EPA found that vapor intrusion did not pose a threat to workers.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

Chemform, Inc., New England Mutual Life Insurance Company, KMS Industries, and Smith International, Inc., the site’s PRPs, led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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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: ground water; and OU-2: soil.

In 1992, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for OU-1. The plan included a decision for “No Further Action with Monitoring” for the site, meaning no further cleanup activities were necessary. The plan also called for installing additional monitoring wells and quarterly ground water sampling for at least one year.

In 1993, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a ROD) for OU-2. The plan included a decision for “No Further Action” based on the soil cleanup activities conducted in 1992.

In 1999, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) to add vinyl chloride as a potential contaminant of concern and to require Five-Year Reviews for the site.

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Cleanup Progress

In 1990, the site’s PRPs removed approximately 600 cubic yards of soil as well as debris, drums, soil and sludge from two underground storage tanks. In 1992, the PRPs removed an additional 3,000 cubic yards of soil.

In 2000, following completion of cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL.

The PRPs conducted additional ground water sampling in 2010. Sampling indicated that vinyl chloride and arsenic remain in ground water. EPA and the PRPs are currently discussing conducting a feasibility study to determine the extent of the contaminated ground water and evaluate cleanup options.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2010, found that the OU-1 cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment in the short term and the OU-2 cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment.

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

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site’s PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continues to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

RODs and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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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 meetings, interviews and public notices.

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Future Work

EPA and the site’s PRPs plan to conduct a feasibility study to determine the extent of remaining ground water contamination. Following the study, EPA and the PRPs will evaluate options for cleanup activities.
 
EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2009 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review 2014.

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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

Broward County Main Library
100 South Andrews Avenue Northeast
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301

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