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ITT Thompson Industries


Cleanup work at ITT Thompson site

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD043047653
Location: Madison, Madison County, FL
Congressional District: 02
NPL Status: Superfund Alternative Site
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil, Sediment
Cleanup Status: Construction underway - physical cleanup activities have started
Human Exposure Under Control: NA
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: NA
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Erik Spalvins (spalvins.erik@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The ITT Thompson Industries, Inc. site includes an area where ITT Thompson Industries, Inc. operated an automobile stamping facility from 1970 until 1991. EPA did not list the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) but considers it an NPL-caliber site and is addressing the site through the Superfund Alternative Approach. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and ITT Thompson Industries, Inc., the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP), have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. A water line connects residences and businesses to the public water supply. By conducting cleanup activities, monitoring ground water and placing institutional controls on the site property, 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 4.7-acre site is located in northeastern Madison, Madison County, Florida. The site includes a former manufacturing plant, an office trailer, a small storage shed and a parking area. Residential neighborhoods surround the site. The neighborhoods include low-income and minority residents. An unnamed natural pond is located next to the site. Several other ponds, both natural and man-made, are located near the site.

From 1970 until 1991, ITT Thompson Industries operated an automobile stamping facility at the site. Operations produced wheel ornamentation for cars, including wheel covers and wire wheel products. EPA did not list the site on the NPL but considers it an NPL-caliber site and is addressing it through the Superfund Alternative Approach. Currently, ITT Thompson Industries continues to lease the site. However, the site is not in use. The site can support commercial and industrial land uses.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water, soil and sediment that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from operations at the site. Contaminants of concern include tetrachloroethylene (also known as PCE or PERC), trichloroethylene (TCE), 1,2-dichloroethene (DCE), vinyl chloride, lead, zinc and chromium.

Contamination affected ground water on site as well as off site, to the east of the site. EPA does not consider ground water contamination a threat because a water line connects nearby residences and businesses to the public water supply. The site’s PRP placed institutional controls on the site property to prohibit residential use of ground water.

Contamination remains in the sediment of the unnamed natural pond next to the site.

The PRP has addressed soil contamination at the site. The site can support commercial and industrial land uses.

The PRP considered children’s health issues as part of the site’s risk assessment.

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

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

ITT Thompson Industries, Inc., the site’s PRP, leads site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 2008, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

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Cleanup Progress

In 1999, the site’s PRP used a soil vapor extraction (SVE) system in the southwest area of the site to address soil contamination contributing to ground water contamination. The PRP stopped using the system after an evaluation found it was ineffective.

In 2004, the PRP conducted a pilot test to determine whether adding hydrogen to ground water to facilitate the natural breakdown of contamination in ground water would be an effective cleanup activity. The PRP found the approach effective for addressing ground water contamination.

In 2010, the PRP completed the remedial design for the site and began conducting cleanup activities.

In 2010 and 2011, the PRP dug up contaminated soil and disposed of it at an off-site landfill. The PRP also drained the pond next to the site, dug up contaminated sediment and placed clean soil in the dug-up areas.

The PRP installed injection wells for ground water cleanup activities in 2011 and began full scale ground water injections and ground water monitoring.

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Enforcement Activities

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

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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 public meetings.

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Future Work

The site’s PRP continues to conduct ground water cleanup activities.

Ground water monitoring is ongoing.

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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
Madison County Public Library
100 College, Ave.
Madison FL 32340

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