AGREEMENT REACHED TO FINANCE CLEANUP AT THE HARRIS SUPERFUND SITE IN PALM BAY, FLA.
AGREEMENT REACHED TO FINANCE CLEANUP AT THE HARRIS SUPERFUND SITE
IN PALM BAY, FLA.
ATLANTA, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today it has entered into a Consent Decree with the Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) to implement cleanup of the Harris Superfund site in Brevard County, Fla.
The cleanup will be in accordance with a June 28, 1990, Record of Decision.
Under the decree, Harris Corporation will continue operating a groundwater remediation system constructed in compliance with a 1983 Consent Agreement with the state of Florida. Harris will also analyze the effectiveness of the remediation system and make any necessary modifications. Any required modifications will be conducted under federal and state oversight. Federal funds will not be needed because Harris Corporation is willing to assume the cleanup costs. Harris Corporation has agreed to reimburse EPA $150,000 for past costs associated with previous EPA oversight activities.
The Harris site is located on approximately 500 acres along Palm Bay Road in Palm Bay, Fla. Harris Corporation manufactures electronic components as well as communication and information processing equipment.
Groundwater associated with the Government Systems portion of the site has been contaminated by several volatile organic compounds commonly found in paints, solvents, oils and dyes. A contaminated groundwater plume extends from the Harris (Government Systems) site to the adjacent General Development Utilities (GDU) property. GDU provides the public water supply along with sewage treatment and disposal to approximately 33,000 residents of the city of Palm Bay. The Harris site was placed on EPA's National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites in July 1987.
In 1990, EPA selected an estimated $1.43 million remedy which includes a review of the existing groundwater remediation system. The groundwater treatment system eliminates or reduces risks associated with the site due to exposure to contaminated groundwater via the public water supply. Components of the remedy include: continued operation of the existing extraction, treatment, and disposal system; a design analysis to determine system effectiveness; and any necessary modifications. The review and any necessary modifications to the existing system are anticipated to take three years.
Harris Corporation has 60 days from the entry of the consent decree to develop a work plan for conducting a review of the existing remediation system. Harris will conduct all design and construction activities under federal and state oversight. EPA will continue to keep the public informed on the groundwater cleanup and the agency's involvement.
/CONTACT: Rose Jackson, community relations, 404-347-2643, or Carl Terry, 404-347-3004, both of United States Environmental Protection Agency/
(HRS) CO: Harris Corporation; United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Florida IN: SU: EXE BN-BR -- AT006 -- 4820 11/19/91 09:31 EST