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Wingate Road Municipal Incinerator Dump

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Western edge of Wingate Road Municipal Landfill site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: FLD981021470
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, FL
Lat/Long: 26.144400, -080.184700
Congressional District: 23
NPL Status: Proposed: 6/24/88; Final: 10/04/89
Affected Media: Sediment, Soil, Surface water
Cleanup Status: Construction Complete – physical cleanup activities have been completed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Not a ground water site
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Vacant – available for reuse
Site Manager: Pam Scully (scully.pam@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Wingate Road Municipal Incinerator Dump site includes the area where the City of Fort Lauderdale operated a waste incineration facility from 1954 until 1978. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated soil, sediment and surface water resulting from waste disposal practices. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the City of Fort Lauderdale, 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. A water line now connects area residences to the public water supply. By cleaning up contaminated soil, monitoring the cleanup and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, FDEP and the site PRP continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.  

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Site Location and Background

The 61-acre site is located in Fort Lauderdale in southeastern Florida. The site includes the area where the City of Fort Lauderdale operated waste incinerators, offices and a 40-acre disposal area between 1954 and 1978. During operations, the facility received 480 tons of residential wastes, commercial wastes and incinerator residues per day. The City discharged cooling water from the incinerator into an unlined pond in the southeastern corner of the site. The City also spread ash and water material on the ground in the disposal area. In 1989, EPA listed the site on the NPL. The site is currently vacant and available for reuse. Residential areas and vacant lots surround the site to the north, east and south. A commercial business borders the site to the north and a road borders the site to the west. Rock Pit Lake borders the northeastern area of the site.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in soil, sediment and surface water that could potentially harm people in the area. Soil, sediment and surface water contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include leadarsenic, beryllium, dioxin, toxaphene, benzo(a)pyrene, antimony, cadmium, copper, iron, mercury, silver and zinc. In addition, EPA identified contaminants in Rock Pit Lake sediments. The lake borders the northeastern area of the site.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The City of Fort Lauderdale, the site PRP, leads cleanup activities with oversight provided by EPA and FDEP.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1996, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

In 1997, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences that changed the cap construction material and required on-site treatment or off-site disposal of dioxin soils from the old incinerator building.

In 2000, EPA issued a second Explanation of Significant Differences that clarified an issue related to the initial cleanup plan, updated cleanup goals for soil and ground water, and added monitoring goals for surface water and fish tissue.

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

The site PRP dug up contaminated soil and sediments and placed them in a landfill. The PRP built a cap over a 40-acre portion of the site to prevent exposure to contaminated soil. The PRP purchased, fenced and installed monitoring wells on several nearby properties. The site now includes these properties. In 2002, the PRP completed the cleanup.

The PRP continues to conduct operation and maintenance activities at the site, including long-term monitoring. EPA connected residents near the site to the public water supply and placed ground water use restrictions on the entire site and digging restrictions on the 40-acre capped area of the site.

The site’s second Five-Year Review, completed in 2011, found the cleanup is functioning as designed and is protective of human health and the environment.

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

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the City of Fort Lauderdale, the site PRP, to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP continues to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD 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 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, information meetings, fact sheets and interviews.

EPA provided funding to the community for a Technical Assistance Grant, which enabled the community to work with an independent advisor to help them better understand the cleanup approach and risks associated with the site. The community also established a Community Advisory Group that serves as an information liaison between EPA and the community.

EPA awarded a Brownfields Program job training grant to the City of Fort Lauderdale to train local community members in the job skills needed as part of the cleanup process. Site contractors hired community members who completed the training to assist with the cleanup.

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Future Work

The PRP monitors site ground water as well as sediment, surface water and fish in adjacent Rock Pit Lake.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2011 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2016.

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

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