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EPA ORDERS FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CLEAN UP FAIRBANKS BORROW PIT SITE IN FAIRBANKS, FLA.

 ATLANTA, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that an Administrative Order has been issued to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to clean up a hazardous waste disposal area at its Fairbanks maintenance facility.
 EPA has determined that contaminants at the site pose a potential threat to the Floridan Aquifer, which serves as the Gainesville drinking water supply.
 The FDOT will have 14 days from receipt of the Administrative Order to reach agreement to conduct the cleanup actions. The order is being issued under the authority of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as superfund.
 Under terms of the order, EPA is requiring the FDOT to conduct a contamination assessment, source removal, ground water treatment, and plugging of wells. All removal activities will be conducted under EPA oversight and will comply with all schedules and requirements as specified in the order.
 In August 1993, EPA received information indicating an interconnection between the Hawthorn Aquifer (known to be contaminated by the site) and the underlying Floridan Aquifer used as the primary drinking water source (the Murphee well field) for the city of Gainesville. This new information indicates that the clay layer between the Hawthorn and Floridan Aquifers may not be continuous, thereby potentially allowing contamination to migrate from the Hawthorn Aquifer to the Floridan Aquifer. Also, EPA learned that a Floridan Aquifer monitoring well located between the site and the Murphee well field is contaminated with some of the same compounds which are contaminating the Hawthorn Aquifer as a result of releases from the site. Contaminant concentrations in the Floridan field, are below current drinking water standards. The primary contaminants found in the groundwater are volatile organic compounds, including trichloroethene and related compounds. EPA has not received any information indicating the presence of contaminants in the Murphee well field.
 The order issued today by EPA is a separate action and is not related to a previous complaint and compliance order issued against FDOT last year under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Spurlin, on-scene coordinator, 404-347-3931, or Charlis Thompson, press office, 404-347-3004, both of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/


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