Orient Park - Tampa: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:32 by admin
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a facing a multi-million dollar cleanup of the Alaric, Inc. Superfund site at Orient Park in Tampa, Florida. Officials for the agency say contaminated soil and groundwater are spreading from the property. Several industrial companies have used the site since the 1970's. The EPA, which will spend up to $2.8 million on the cleanup program, took over the project from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 1999 and hopes to begin work in early 2003.

Tainted groundwater has spread over four acres from the Alaric building and is said to have "doubled in size during the last two years." The EPA blames the contamination on discarded toxic solvents, once used by workers to strip paint from metal. The EPA will use special chemicals to decontaminate the soil and groundwater.

A financial settlement is currently being negotiated between the EPA and the property's owner.

In addition to the Alaric site, two additional properties in the area have been added to EPA's National Priorities List. The Helena Chemical Company and Stauffer Chemical both produced pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and several other toxic chemicals at area facilities. According to the EPA, soil and groundwater at both locations may be contaminated. Additionally, pesticides and contaminated equipment were found buried on the Stauffer property. Officials claim that the sites do not pose significant health risks to local residents.

Two other Orient Park locations, the Sixty-Second Street Dump and the Kassauf-Kimerling Battery Dump, were recently removed from the EPA's National Priority List. Nevertheless, government agencies will continue to monitor both sites.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of exposure to any toxic substance. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Specific Contaminated Sites
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