Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

PARRAMORE SURPLUS
MOUNT PLEASANT, FL


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Site Background

The Parramore Surplus site is located in Mount Pleasant, Florida. It includes the area where Parramore Surplus has operated a storage and resale company for surplus military equipment since 1972. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated soil and groundwater resulting from drum storage operations. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDER, now the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, or FDEP) and the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP), Parramore Surplus, investigated site conditions and undertook measures to clean up the site.

All actions were designed to ensure that local residents and the environment are safe from site contamination. In 1983, Parramore Surplus excavated and treated contaminated soil. In 1987, EPA determined that the PRP would not need to take additional cleanup actions except for limited groundwater monitoring. EPA documented this decision in a Record of Decision, or ROD. In 1989, EPA took the site off the NPL. No additional monitoring of the site is required.

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Stay Informed and Involved

EPA conducted a range of community involvement activities at the site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public notices, interviews and fact sheets on cleanup activities and updates. Site Repository: William A. McGill Library 732 South Pat Thomas Parkway Quincy, FL 32351-2465

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EPA’s Involvement at this Site

The 25-acre site is located near Mount Pleasant in Gadsen County, Florida, at the intersection of Highway 90 and Service Road 379. Parramore Surplus is a storage and resale company for U.S. Navy and Air Force surplus equipment that has operated on the site since 1972. The site includes warehouses and storage areas. The site is located in a sparsely populated rural area. Agricultural land and single-family homes border the site to the north and east, a church borders the site to the south and a fire station borders the site to the west. In the early 1970s, Parramore Surplus began purchasing products from various naval and air force bases in Florida and Alabama. These products included drummed paint residues, waste oil, alcohols and degreasers. In 1982, FDER inspected the site and found 400 to 600 drums, some of which were leaking and killing vegetation. At the request of FDER, EPA conducted a site inspection and collected soil and waste samples in 1982. In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

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Site Status

At a meeting between EPA, FDER and the PRP, Parramore Surplus, held after the site’s listing on the NPL, Parramore Surplus agreed to voluntarily clean up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)-contaminated soil. After Parramore Surplus cleaned up the soil, both FDER and EPA inspected the site and noted on July 28, 1983, that Parramore Surplus had met the conditions of the cleanup agreement. During the investigation, the parties identified three additional areas of contamination. At the request of FDER, Parramore Surplus cleaned up these areas as well.

In 1987, EPA issued the cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. In the ROD, EPA explained that, based on all available and relevant information regarding the site, additional cleanup actions to address the site’s contamination source (such as additional soil cleanup) were not necessary to protect people or the environment. However, to ensure that groundwater contamination had not resulted from past disposal of hazardous materials at the site, EPA required a groundwater quality assessment consisting of two sampling events as part of the ROD.

In 1987, EPA determined that the PRP would not need to take additional cleanup actions except for limited ground water monitoring. In 1989, EPA deleted the site from the NPL.

EPA is not required to conduct Five-Year Reviews for the site. No further updates are warranted at this time.

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Work to Protect Human Health and the Environment

The PRP led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight by EPA and FDEP.

In 1983, Parramore Surplus excavated and treated contaminated soil and conducted groundwater monitoring. Parramore Surplus achieved all established goals for surface contamination. In addition, groundwater sampling results indicated that the site poses no threat to people or the environment.

EPA took the site off the NPL in February 1989, with the deletion notice stating “EPA, with the concurrence of the State of Florida, has determined that the Parramore Surplus site poses no significant threat to public health or the environment and therefore, no soil remediation and no further groundwater studies are necessary.”

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Site Risks

Site investigations identified contamination in soil and groundwater that could potentially harm people in the area.

The PRP cleaned up surface contamination in 1983. Groundwater monitoring conducted in the late 1980s by the PRP indicated that the site poses no threat to people or the environment.

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Community Resources

The Parramore Surplus site is in continued industrial use. Warehouses and storage areas remained throughout remediation activities.


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Enforcement

Parramore Surplus agreed to voluntarily clean up the site’s PCB-contaminated soil.

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Redevelopment

The 25-acre Parramore Surplus Company Superfund site is located in Mount Pleasant, Florida. The site is home to an active storage and resale company for U.S. Navy and Air Force surplus equipment. In the early 1970s, Parramore Surplus began purchasing products from various naval and air force bases. These products included paint residues, waste oil, alcohols and degreasers. In 1982, the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation  inspected the site and found hundreds of drums, some of which had leaked, killing vegetation. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983, and developed a plan to clean up the site. The potentially responsible party financed the cleanup, which included removing drums and contaminated soil, as well as treating and monitoring the groundwater. In consultation with the State, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1989. The design of EPA’s cleanup plan enabled the surplus company to remain open for business, retaining jobs and income in the community as well as maintaining a safe working environment.


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