FLORIDA STEEL CORP.
Health & Environment
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What Are the Risks at the Site?
At each site, EPA determines the possibility for human and ecological contact (i.e., exposure) with contaminants at the site. EPA determines if the site poses a risk to humans, and if so, identifies actions that can be taken to control any possible exposure to humans until site cleanup has been completed. Once complete, cleanup provides long-term human health and environmental protection at the site. (Superfund risk assessment process)The most recent Five Year Review was published by EPA HQs in 2016.
Risks and pathways addressed by the cleanup include health risks from people ingesting or touching contaminants in soil, sediment and groundwater. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. The site’s PRP has completed soil and sediment cleanup activities. Contaminated groundwater is primarily contained within the site boundary. A small portion of contaminated groundwater is located off site. However, people are not using the groundwater for drinking water.
- The PRP is preparing to restart the site’s groundwater treatment system. The PRP shut it down following a wildfire that destroyed part of the system. An institutional control in the form of a restrictive covenant is currently in place to restrict residential, childcare, recreational and agricultural uses of the site.
- The South Florida Water Management District listed the site and nearby surrounding area as a groundwater delineation area, which means all wells placed in the area require the District’s approval. A Memorandum of Agreement between EPA and the district further restricts water use and well construction permits in the area.
The main contaminant is sodium. The groundwater sodium concentrations are close to the cleanup standards. EPA and the PRP are both looking into actions that can clean up the sodium plume.
EPA uses performance measures to track environmental results at Superfund sites. If you have any questions or concerns about the measures at this site, please contact the site team members listed under Site Contacts.
Read more about Superfund Remedial Performance Measures.
|Status at this
|What does this mean?|
|Human Exposure Under Control||Yes||Yes means assessments indicate that across the entire site:
No means an unsafe level of contamination has been detected at the site and a reasonable expectation exists that people could be exposed.Insufficient data means that, due to uncertainty regarding exposures, one cannot draw conclusions as to whether human exposures are controlled, typically because:
|Groundwater Migration Under Control||Yes||
Yes means EPA reviewed all information on known and reasonably expected groundwater contamination. EPA concluded the migration of contaminated groundwater is stabilized and there is no unacceptable discharge to surface water. EPA will conduct monitoring to confirm that affected groundwater remains in the original area of contamination.
No means EPA has reviewed all information on known and reasonably expected groundwater contamination, and the migration of contaminated groundwater is not stabilized.
Insufficient data means that due to uncertainty regarding contaminated groundwater migration, EPA cannot draw conclusions as to whether the migration of contaminated groundwater is stabilized.
Yes means the physical construction of the cleanup is complete for the entire site.
No means either physical construction is not complete or actions are still needed to address contamination.
|Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use||Yes||Yes means:
No means that one or more of these three criteria have not been met. However, a site listed as no may still have redevelopment occurring on portions of the site and may be eligible for additional redevelopment.