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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD980798698
Location: Pembroke Park, Broward County, FL
Lat/Long: 25.992600, -080.169600
Congressional District: 20
NPL Status: Proposed: 04/10/1985; Final: 07/22/1987
Affected Media: Ground water, soil
Cleanup Status: Early Action Initiated/Completed – physical cleanup activities have started
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: No
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In continued use – commercial and industrial land uses are located on site
Site Manager: Michael Taylor (taylor.michael@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Petroleum Products Corp. site includes the area where Petroleum Products Corporation operated a used oil refining facility from 1957 until 1971. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1987 because of contaminated ground water and soil. EPA; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP); and Petroleum Products Corporation, Pembroke Park Warehouses and the Navy, 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. A water line connects residences and businesses near the site to the public water supply. By monitoring ground water and conducting Five-Year Reviews, EPA, FDEP and the site’s PRPs continue to work toward protecting people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 3-acre site is located on Pembroke Road in a commercial and industrial area of Pembroke Park, Florida, 17 miles north of Miami. The site includes the area where Petroleum Products Corporation operated a used oil processing and refining facility from 1957 until 1971. During operations, waste oil was disposed in on-site waste pits. A mobile home park and Carolina Road border the site to the south. Pembroke Road borders the site to the north, Park Road to the west and S.W. 31st Avenue to the east. The area surrounding the site also includes public water well fields for the cities of Hallandale and Hollywood. In 1987, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Continued uses at the site include Pembroke Park Warehouses, a 400-unit storage facility, a shooting range and a restaurant.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contaminated soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Soil and ground water contamination resulted from waste handling practices and oil spills at the site. Some contaminants of concern include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), leadaluminumchromium, iron and manganese.

The contamination affected soil and ground water at the site as well as areas next to the site and the underlying Biscayne Aquifer. The site is zoned for industrial and commercial land uses. Zoning prohibits schools and residential land uses in the former disposal pit area. A water line connects residences and businesses near the site to the public water supply. The South Florida Management District listed the site as a ground water delineation area, which means all wells placed in the area require the District’s approval.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

Petroleum Products Corporation, Pembroke Park Warehouses and the Navy, the site’s PRPs, lead site cleanup activities with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.  

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting site investigations on soil and groundwater through and Interagency Agreement.

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Site Cleanup Plan

Site investigations and cleanup activities have focused on three areas, which EPA refers to as operable units, or OUs. These areas include OU-1: waste oil recovery; OU-2: soil contamination; and OU-3: ground water contamination.

In 1990, EPA issued an interim cleanup plan (an Interim Record of Decision, or ROD) for OU-1. The plan included the following activities:

EPA is working on the cleanup plan for OU-2. EPA has not yet developed a cleanup plan for OU-3.

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

In 1999, the PRPs began operating a vacuum-enhanced system for recovering waste oil from ground water in OU-1. The system has recovered more than 30,000 gallons of non-aqueous phase liquids since 1999 and continued to operate until October 2012. In 2003, the PRPs began annual ground water sampling and monitoring. The PRPs fenced and gated the former disposal pit area at the site.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2010, found that the cleanup at OU-1 is operating as intended.

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

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated a legal agreement with the site PRPs to investigate and clean up the site under the direction of an EPA On-Scene Coordinator. A consent decree between the PRP group and EPA is in place for OU1.

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 that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices, interviews and public meetings.

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Future Work

Site PRPs will address soil and ground water contamination after EPA issues cleanup plans (RODs) for OU-2 and OU-3.

In 2009, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized an Interagency Agreement to conduct a remedial investigation and feasibility study for OU-2. The results of this investigation will include the selection of a cleanup plan for contaminated soil.

The OU-1 oil recovery system continued to collect waste oil from ground water until September 2012.

EPA completed the site’s third Five-Year Review in 2010 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2015.

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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 Public Library
100 S. Andrews Avenue, Level 5
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33301

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