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Tri-City Oil Conservationist, Inc.


Autobody shop on the Tri-City Oil Conservationist site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD070864541
Location: Temple Terrace, Hillsborough County, FL
Lat/Long: 28.031800, - 82.401500
Congressional District: 11
NPL Status: Proposed: 09/08/83; Final: 09/21/84; Deleted: 09/01/88
Affected Media: Ground water
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 the site
Site Manager: Brenda Lane (lane.brenda@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Tri-City Oil Conservationist, Incorporated site includes the area where a heating oil business operated from 1960 to 1975, and where a waste oil storage and distribution facility operated from 1978 to 1983. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1984 because of contaminated soil and ground water resulting from an oil spill at the site. EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. By cleaning up the site, EPA and FDEP have protected people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The quarter-acre site is located near the intersection of North 50th Street and East Busch Boulevard in Temple Terrace, Florida, northeast of Tampa. The site includes several buildings and paved areas. Commercial and residential land use surrounds the site.

From 1960 until 1975, a heating oil business operated at the site. From 1978 until 1983, a waste oil storage and distribution center operated at the site. In 1982, a 3,000-gallon oil spill occurred at the site. In 1984, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

EPA completed cleanup activities and deleted the site from the NPL in 1988. Currently, an automobile repair garage operates 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 an oil spill at the site. Contaminants of concern include lead and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Initial ground water samples contained lead, but later sampling did not identify any lead.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA led site investigation and cleanup activities in cooperation with FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1987, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The ROD recommended that no further action was necessary at the site because cleanup activities had addressed site contamination.

EPA dug up and removed contaminated soil. Ground water monitoring indicated that contamination levels were below state and federal drinking water standards in all wells.

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

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Cleanup Progress

In 1984, EPA cleaned up the 3,000-gallon oil spill and dug up 850 cubic yards of contaminated soil. EPA disposed of the contaminated soil off site in 1985. EPA also removed two aboveground storage tanks and a 16,000-gallon underground storage tank from the site. Following removal of the contaminated materials and soil, EPA regraded the area using clean fill and grass to prevent erosion.

In 1986, soil and ground water sampling confirmed the removal of the source of contamination and that drinking water met state and federal standards. EPA determined no further cleanup activities were necessary at the site and deleted the site from the NPL in 1988.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site PRP to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP was unable to complete cleanup activities, so EPA took the lead. EPA used federal funds for site cleanup activities.

The ROD online provides additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA 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 conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remained informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts included public notices and information meetings.

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Future Work

EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1988.

EPA does not require Five-Year Reviews for 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

Temple Terrace Public Library
202 Bullard Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

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