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Woodbury Chemical Co. (Princeton Plant)


Western edge of Woodbury Chemical site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD004146346
Location: Princeton, Dade County, FL
Lat/Long: 25.536700, -080.412400
Congressional District: 17
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final: 08/30/90; Deleted: 11/27/95
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL – physical cleanup activities have been completed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: This is not a ground water site
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In continued use – commercial and industrial land uses are located on site.
Site Manager: Bill Denman (denman.bill@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Woodbury Chemical Co. (Princeton Plant) site includes the area where a pesticide and fertilizer formulation, distribution and sales facility began operations in 1975. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1990 because of contaminated ground water and soil 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. EPA determined that the site does not threaten people living or working near the site or the environment and deleted the site from the NPL in 1995.

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Site Location and Background

The 5-acre site is located in Princeton, Dade County, Florida. Site features include several buildings, warehouses and storage tanks. Agricultural, commercial and residential land uses surround the site. The site includes the area where Woodbury Chemical Company began formulating, distributing and selling pesticides and fertilizers in 1975. In 1990, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Woodbury Chemical Company and a farm supply store continued operations on site during cleanup activities. A residential development company purchased the site property in 2005. A vehicle maintenance and repair business and a salvage yard currently operate at the site. 

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from facility operations and waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern included chlordanedichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)dieldrin, toxaphene, aldrin, heptachlor epoxidearsenic and chromium. EPA determined that use of fertilizers and herbicides in the area surrounding the site contaminated off-site ground water.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA led site monitoring activities in cooperation with FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1992, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan documented EPA’s decision that no further cleanup action was required. EPA decided that no action was necessary to address ground water at the site but monitored ground water for one year to confirm the appropriateness of the no-cleanup action plan.

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

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Cleanup Progress

In 1990, site PRPs removed contaminated soils. In 1993, EPA conducted quarterly monitoring of on-site and off-site ground water. EPA determined that the site did not threaten human health and the environment and deleted the site from the NPL in 1995.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA has not negotiated any legal agreements.

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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 at the site to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts included public notices, fact sheets and public meetings.

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Future Work

EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1995.

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

South Dade County Regional Library
10750 Southwest 211th Street 
Miami, FL  33189

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