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EPA ID: FLD088787585
Location: Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL
Lat/Long: 27.960000, -082.355830
Congressional District: 11
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/17/96; Final: 12/23/96
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Early Action Initiated/Completed – cleanup activities are underway
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: No
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Not in use
Site Manager: Pam Scully (scully.pam@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The MRI Corp (Tampa) site includes the area where a detinning and steel recycling facility operated from 1961 until 1986. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1996 because of contaminated soil and ground water 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 conducting cleanup activities at the site, 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 12-acre site is located in an industrial and commercial area, about one half-mile north of the intersection of U.S. Route 301 and State Road 60 in Tampa, Florida. The site includes a single concrete block warehouse and concrete foundation pads remaining from former operations. Grass covers the site property and shrubs and trees line the northwest and southwest boundaries of the site. Industrial and commercial businesses border the site to the northwest, west and south. Orchards and grazing pastureland border the site to the north and east.

In 1961, detinning and steel recycling operations began at the site. Operations treated tin cans and scrap metal with chemicals to remove the tin coating, recovered the tin and sold the remaining metal for scrap. In 1975, electroplating operations, which applied metal coatings using an electric current, began at the site in addition to the recycling operations. From 1979 until 1986, a municipal solid waste recycling facility also operated at the site. In 1996, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

Currently, the site is not in use. Fencing and gates control access to the site property.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water, soil and sediment could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from facility operations at the site. Contaminants of concern include lead.

Contamination affected on-site and off-site ground water. However, ground water is not a source of drinking water. Therefore, EPA does not consider it a threat.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s PRPs lead 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: soil and sediment; 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:

In 2008, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a ROD) for OU-2. The plan included the following activities:

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the RODs.

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Cleanup Progress

The site’s PRPs began a combined remedial investigation/feasibility study for OU-1 and OU-2 in 1996.

The PRPs completed the remedial design and began cleanup activities for OU-1 and OU-2 in 2010. Cleanup activities include stabilizing soil, constructing a belowground barrier wall surrounding contaminated ground water, and capping the belowground barrier wall area and the area where stabilized soil will be placed.

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Enforcement Activities

In 2002, 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.

The RODs 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 notices, coordination with the local planning commission, fact sheets, interviews and public meetings.

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Future Work

Cleanup activities for OU-1 and OU-2 began in 2010 and are ongoing 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

Brandon Regional Library
619 Vondenburg Dr.
Brandon, FL 33511

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