Stauffer Chemical: Overview

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The Stauffer chemical plant, located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, produced phosphorous using phosphate mined from local deposits. The plant was originally constructed and operated by Victor Chemical Company, which began production in 1947. The Stauffer Chemical Company obtained the plant from Victor Chemical in 1960 and continued to manufacture phosphorous until the plant closed in 1981. The 160-acre site is situated along the Anclote River approximately two miles upstream of the Gulf of Mexico. The site is approximately 1 mile north of the City of Tarpon Springs proper. Surrounding land uses include light industrial, commercial, recreational, and residential. The EPA's official investigation into the Stauffer site was started in 1993 and completed in 1996; the location is currently listed as a Superfund site. The contaminants of concern include heavy metals, radionuclides, Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons, and elemental phosphorous. Additionally, soil and water samples taken from the Stauffer site indicate contamination. The Stauffer Management Company removed approximately 33,000 gallons of phosphorous filled above-ground tanks in 1997-1998. Due to community concerns, in August, 2000, the EPA and Stauffer management signed an "Agreement to Conduct Additional Studies." The Stauffer Management Company is currently planning to remove a number of on-site structures in order to facilitate the necessary geophysical studies. The EPA has procured the services of the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assist in the oversight of these studies. The community has been very involved in the Superfund process. The EPA assisted the community in forming the Anclote Community Advisory Group (ACAG) in the June 2000.

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  8. Digestive Disorders: Overview
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  10. Keratosis: Overview
  11. Kidney Failure
  12. Liver Problems
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  15. Reproductive System: Overview
  16. Stauffer Chemical: Frequently Asked Questions
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