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The Tri-City Oil Conservationist, Incorporated site is located in Temple Terrace, Florida. It includes the area where a heating oil business operated from 1960 to 1975, and where a waste oil storage and distribution facility operated from 1978 to 1983. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1984 because of contaminated soil and groundwater resulting from an oil spill at the site. EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. By cleaning up the site, EPA and FDEP have protected people and the environment from site contamination.

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What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?

EPA led site investigation and cleanup activities in cooperation with FDEP.

In 1984, EPA cleaned up the 3,000-gallon oil spill and dug up 850 cubic yards of contaminated soil. EPA disposed of the contaminated soil off site in 1985. EPA also removed two aboveground storage tanks and a 16,000-gallon underground storage tank from the site. Following removal of the contaminated materials and soil, EPA regraded the area using clean fill and grass to prevent erosion.

In 1986, soil and groundwater sampling confirmed the removal of the source of contamination and that drinking water met state and federal standards. EPA determined no further cleanup activities were necessary at the site and took the site off the NPL in 1988.

EPA does not require Five-Year Reviews for the site.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

In 1987, EPA issued the cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. It stated that no further action was necessary because cleanup activities had addressed site contamination.

EPA dug up and removed contaminated soil. Groundwater monitoring indicated that contamination levels were below state and federal drinking water standards in all wells.

EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1988 and does not require Five-Year Reviews for the site.

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EPA’s Involvement at the Site

The quarter-acre site is located near the intersection of North 50th Street and East Busch Boulevard in Temple Terrace, Florida, northeast of Tampa. The site includes several buildings and paved areas. Commercial and residential land uses surround the site. From 1960 until 1975, a heating oil business operated at the site. From 1978 until 1983, a waste oil storage and distribution center operated at the site. In 1982, a 3,000-gallon oil spill occurred at the site. In 1984, EPA listed the site on the NPL. EPA completed cleanup activities and deleted the site from the NPL in 1988. Currently, an automobile repair garage operates at the site.

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Enforcement Information

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site PRP to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP was unable to complete cleanup activities so EPA took the lead. EPA used federal funds for site cleanup activities.

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