Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

CABOT/KOPPERS
GAINESVILLE, FL

Health & Environment

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What Are the Risks at the Site?

At each site, EPA determines the possibility for human and ecological 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 and the environment . Once cleanup activities are completed, these actions provide long-term human health and environmental protection at the site.

The most recent Five Year Review was published by EPA HQs in 2016.  The Protectiveness Status is – Will Be Protective.

Onsite soils will be remediated soon. Pathways to groundwater potentially contaminated by site operations have been controlled. The Suwannee River Water Management District listed the site and nearby surrounding area as a groundwater delineation area. District approval is needed for any well being placed in the area. The site is also located within the Alachua County Murphee Wellfield Protection Zone, which restricts installation of groundwater wells.

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Contaminant Information

The main contaminants associated with wood treating facilities are polyaromatic hydrocarbons, a group of compounds knows as PAHs.  PAHs are known carcinogens. 

View a full list of contaminants of concern for this site.

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Performance Measures

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.

Performance
Measure
Status at this
Superfund Site
What does this mean?
Human Exposure Under Control Yes Yes means assessments indicate that across the entire site:
  1. There are currently no unacceptable human exposure pathways; and
  2. EPA has determined the site is under control for human exposure.

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:
  1. Response to the contamination has not begun; or
  2. The response has begun, but it has not yet generated information sufficiently reliable to evaluate whether there are currently any unacceptable human exposure pathways at the site.
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.

Construction Complete No

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 No Yes means:
  1. All cleanup goals affecting current and reasonably anticipated future land uses of the entire site have been achieved, so there are no unacceptable risks;
  2. All required land-use restrictions or other controls have been put in place; and
  3. The site has achieved Construction Complete status.

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.

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