Picketville Road Landfill
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: FLD980556351
Location: Jacksonville, Duval County, FL
Lat/Long: 30.368610, -081.738880
Congressional District: 06
NPL Status: Proposed: 12/30/82; Final: 09/08/83
Affected Media: Debris, Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction Complete - Physical cleanup activities have been completed
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Potential for Industrial
Site Manager: Scott M. Martin (Martin.Scott@epa.gov)
EPA will host a public meeting on the Jacksonville Ash, Kerr McGee, Picketville, and Brown's Dump sites on July 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Fresh Ministries located at 616 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 and at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Community Center located at 1133 Ionia St, Jacksonville, FL 32206. Additional information about the water bodies surrounding Superfund cleanup location(s) are available in the Jacksonville Health Zone 1 Fact Sheet.
The Pickettville Road Landfill site occupies approximately 52 acres in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. From the 1940s to the 1960s, the site operated as a borrow pit for sand with limited disposal activities. Full-scale landfill operations began in 1968 when the City of Jacksonville began leasing the property. Initially all types of wastes were disposed at the site, including municipal waste, and industrial wastes such as oil, lead acid battery liquid waste, battery casings, light turpentine sludge, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). However, in 1971, municipal waste was diverted to other municipal landfills and the site was dedicated for the disposal of hazardous wastes.
Inspections conducted by the Duval County Department of Health and Welfare in the mid-1970s revealed many improper waste disposal and maintenance practices, and subsequently all waste disposal at the site ceased in July 1977. The City of Jacksonville closed the landfill that same year by constructing a soil cover that was seeded with vegetation.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation and EPA documented the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metals in site soil and ground water. The site threatens local drinking water sources and two nearby creeks that receive runoff from the site and discharge from the affected aquifers.
Site Cleanup Plan
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the site was issued in 1990. Major cleanup elements for the site included:
- Implementation of institutional controls including deed restrictions that will regulate future development of the site, and restrictions limiting ground water usage in the surficial aquifer in the area immediately north of the site.
- Installation of a protective cover system that complies with the state of Florida requirements for closure of municipal landfills.
- Installation of a perimeter security fence to restrict unauthorized access to the site.
- Implementation of a long-term ground water monitoring program to periodically evaluate the hydrogeologic conditions and quality of ground water underlying the site in accordance with the alternate concentration limit demonstration.
- Extension of the city water main to residents located immediately north of the site to supply alternative sources of potable water.
- Closure and abandonment of water supply wells located in the area immediately north of the site.
- Restoration of the Little Six Mile Creek will be conducted to remove waste which has migrated from the site into the creek. An ecological study of Little Six Mile Creek will be conducted to determine if any negative environmental impacts to the creek have occurred. In the event that the ecological study reveals contamination which may impair the ecological community, additional remedial actions for the creek may be necessary.
Physical construction of the protective cap was completed in 1997, and ground water samples were collected as part of performance monitoring. Initial analysis showed unexpectedly high levels of ground water contaminants; however, subsequent samples showed that contaminant concentrations were decreasing through natural processes. EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection agreed that natural attenuation was occurring and determined that monitored natural attenuation would be an adequate remedy to treat VOCs and arsenic in ground water.
Ground water monitoring has continued for more than ten years, and, over this period, the VOC contaminant trend has demonstrated that the cap has been effective and that VOC contaminants have attenuated to below cleanup standards. Arsenic levels have also decreased below cleanup standards.
Remedy construction was completed in September 2008 and operations and maintenance (O&M) activities, consisting of quarterly and semi-annual monitoring, are ongoing.
In July of 1987, a group of potentially responsible parties, identified as the Pickettville Road Landfill Superfund Site Group, completed a Remedial Investigation under a Consent Order with EPA.
EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities at the Pickettville Road Landfill site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public notices, interviews, and updates.
- Fact Sheet, July 2011 (PDF) (5 pp, 296K, About PDF)
The next Five-Year Review for this site will be completed in January 2011.
Site Administrative Documents
For more information or to view any site-related documents, please visit the site information repository at the following location. As new documents are generated, they will be placed in the information repository for public information.
Highlands Branch Public Library
1826 Dunn Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32218
For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.