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West Florida Natural Gas Company

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Eastern edge of West Florida Natural Gas Company site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD982119729
Location: Ocala, Marion County, FL
Lat/Long: 29.195653, -082.133014
Congressional District: 06
NPL Status: Superfund Alternative Approach Site
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Ongoing site investigations - cleanup plan is being selected
Human Exposure Under Control: NA
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: NA
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In continued use - industrial land uses are located on the northern portion of the site; the remainder of the site is not in use
Site Manager: Robenson Joseph (joseph.robenson@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The West Florida Natural Gas Company site includes the area where a manufactured gas plant operated from 1895 to 1960. EPA did not list the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) of contaminated sites but considers it an NPL-caliber site and is addressing it through the Superfund Alternative Approach. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and People's Gas System, the site's potentially responsible party (PRP), 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. By monitoring ground water and conducting site investigations, EPA, FDEP and the site's PRP continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 8-acre site is located in Ocala, Marion County, Florida, approximately 75 miles northwest of Orlando. The northern portion of the site includes a 6-acre scrap metal recycling facility. A concrete slab occupies the 2-acre southern portion of the site. Rail lines and a train station border the site to the south and east. Industrial and commercial land uses border the site to the north and west. Nearby land uses include industrial, commercial, and residential uses.

The site includes the area where a manufactured gas plant operated from 1895 to 1960. Plant operations contaminated the site with byproducts of the gas manufacturing process, including coal tar, coke, oils and condensates.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Soil and ground water contamination resulted from disposal practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include benzenexylenes, naphthalenes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), arsenic and lead.

Contamination affected soil and ground water at the site. Ground water contamination is contained within the site boundary and does not affect local drinking water wells.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

People's Gas System, the site's PRP, leads site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

EPA plans to issue a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) in September 2015.

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Cleanup Progress

From 1988 until 2006, the site PRP completed cleanup investigations, site evaluations, a dense non-aqueous phase liquid investigation and ground water investigations. In 1990, the PRP dug up 10,000 tons of contaminated soil and disposed of it off site. In 2001, the PRP began an additional remedial investigation/feasibility study.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with People's Gas System, the site PRP, to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP continues to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

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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 at the site 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 and information meetings.

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Future Work

EPA plans to issue a ROD in September 2015, after the PRP completes the site's remedial investigation/feasibility study.

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Additional Documents

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

Ocala Public Library
2720 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala, FL  34470

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