Superfund Site Profile
The Sydney Mine Sludge Ponds site is located in Brandon, Florida. It includes an area mined for phosphate ore from the 1930s through the 1950s, and later used as a liquid waste disposal facility until 1981. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated soil, sediment and groundwater resulting from waste disposal practices. EPA, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) have investigated 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. By monitoring groundwater and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, FDEP and the site’s PRPs continue to protect residents and the environment from site contamination.