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AGREEMENT REACHED TO STUDY CONTAMINATION AT THE DAVIE LANDFILL SUPERFUND SITE IN DAVIE, FLA.

 AGREEMENT REACHED TO STUDY CONTAMINATION AT THE DAVIE LANDFILL
 SUPERFUND SITE IN DAVIE, FLA.
 ATLANTA, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Broward County, Fla., has signed an Administrative Order on Consent to conduct a study that will address soil and groundwater contamination and analyze remedial alternatives for cleanup at the Davie Landfill site in Davie, Fla.
 The order requires Broward County to develop and implement a workplan for sampling and analysis of soils, sediments, surface water and groundwater. EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (FDER) will oversee all activities, including the review and approval of all reports and documents developed during the study. All work must follow EPA guidelines for Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies which are required prior to selection of a final cleanup remedy for the site.
 The 210-acre site, located at 4001 S.W. 142nd Avenue in Davie, Fla., consists of a 48-acre sanitary landfill and a 68-acre trash landfill. Previously, the site had included an incinerator and sludge lagoon. The facility began accepting trash and ash from the county's garbage incinerator in 1964. The sludge lagoon was constructed on- site in 1971 in an unlined natural depression to accept grease trap pump-outs, septic tank wastes, and treated municipal sludges. The sanitary landfill was opened in 1975 upon closure of the incinerator. The sludge lagoon was closed in 1981.
 An analysis of samples collected by EPA in 1982 revealed the presence of high levels of cyanide and sulfides. The site was placed on EPA's National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites in 1983. Groundwater monitoring at the site revealed the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), lead, vinyl chloride, and benzene. The Biscayne Aquifer, composed of highly porous and permeable limestone, is a major concern of EPA and the community because it is the sole source of potable water for residents in the area.
 The agency has established an information repository at the Broward County Public Library Main Branch (Government Documents Section), 100 South Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Also, EPA will publish fact sheets and hold public meetings to keep citizens informed of activities at the site. Interviews with local officials and residents will be conducted in the near future.
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 /CONTACT: Rose Jackson, 404-347-2643, or Carl Terry, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Florida IN: SU: EXE


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