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AGREEMENT REACHED ON GROUNDWATER CLEANUP AT THE HIPPS ROAD LANDFILL SUPERFUND SITE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.

    AGREEMENT REACHED ON GROUNDWATER CLEANUP AT THE HIPPS ROAD
          LANDFILL SUPERFUND SITE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLA.
    ATLANTA, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has lodged a Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division, regarding the cleanup of contaminated groundwater at the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund site in Duval County, Fla.
    Under the agreement negotiated with EPA, Wastecontrol of Florida, Inc. will implement the groundwater remedy selected by EPA in the 1990 amendment to the 1986 Record of Decision (ROD).  The decree provides for future activities to be conducted under EPA oversight and in accordance with federal laws and regulations. Wastecontrol has also agreed to reimburse EPA for past and future costs associated with the agency's oversight of cleanup activities.
    Under terms of the Consent Decree, Wastecontrol will recover contaminated groundwater from the Hipps Road Site and treat it by air stripping.  The treated water will then be discharged to an on-site stormwater retention basin.  The current estimate for the groundwater cleanup and future groundwater monitoring activities is $1.4 million.  This action will complete construction of the remedy selected by EPA to address contamination at the site.
    The Hipps Road Landfill site is located at the corner of Hipps and Exline Roads west of Jacksonville.  The landfill lies in a rural residential part of the county.  A fence now surrounds the area and warning signs have been posted.
    EPA's 1986 ROD required proper landfill closure; institutional controls, including fencing the site, grouting existing wells, a well-drilling ban for a minimum of 20 years and acquiring affected properties; continued groundwater monitoring for 20 years after completion of the groundwater recovery; and operation and maintenance activities to ensure effectiveness of the remedy.
    Pursuant to a Partial Consent Decree entered by the court in 1989, Wastecontrol agreed to design the landfill cover and the groundwater recovery system and to develop the institutional controls.  Wastecontrol also agreed to construct the protective cover, install the landfill gas monitoring system, and implement the institutional controls.  Under EPA's oversight, Wastecontrol completed proper landfill closure in early 1990.
    As required by law, DOJ is holding a 30-day comment period on the Consent Decree to give the public an opportunity to submit written comments (page 55140 of the Federal Register of Oct. 24, 1991).  Interested parties should refer to Civil Action File Number 88-502-CIVJ-14 or to the United States vs. Wastecontrol of Florida, Inc., and send comments to the Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, P.O. Box 7611, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. After the comment period closes, if the United States determines that comments received do not require that the proposed Consent Decree be modified or withdrawn, the United States will request that the court approve and enter the decree.  A copy of the Consent Decree may be reviewed at the U.S. Courthouse, Office of the Court Clerk, 311 West Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL  32202 or in the Hipps Road Landfill Information Repository at the Webb Wisconnett Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, 6881 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210.
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    /CONTACT:  Betty Winter, 404-347-2643, or Charlis Thompson, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO:  United States Environmental Protection Agency; Wastecontrol of
     Florida, Inc. ST:  Florida IN: SU:  EXE BR-BN -- AT012 -- 0439 11/01/91 17:36 EST
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