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Environmental Protection Commission Overview Vision: Environmental Excellence in a Changing World.

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1 Environmental Protection Commission Overview Vision: Environmental Excellence in a Changing World

2 The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC) was created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature to control and regulate activities which are or may reasonably be expected to cause pollution or contamination of air, water, soil and property, or cause excessive and unnecessary noise. Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County

3  Air Management  Water Management  Wetlands Management  Waste Management

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5 Why We Need Groundwater From USGS website From Tampa Bay Water Website

6 Threats to Groundwater

7 How We Protect Groundwater Protective Programs Small Quantity Generator Program Tanks Compliance Well Head Protection Pollution Prevention Permitted Facilities Solid Waste RCRA

8 How We Protect Groundwater Corrective Programs Complaint Response Cleanup Programs Federal State Local Complaint response, measuring lead levels in soil

9 Federal Cleanup Programs Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Enacted 1976 “cradle-to-grave” regulation of hazardous waste Frame work for Solid Waste Regulations Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Enacted 12/11/1980 Short-term removals (emergency response) Long term remedial response actions (Superfund sites) Brownfields Initiated in 1995 as Pilot Project, Enacted in 2002 Addresses redevelopment of potentially contaminated or contaminated properties

10 Number of Federal Sites in Hillsborough County CERCLA (Superfund) CERCLIS (Evaluate for Superfund) Active (78 ) Archived (54) Superfund Active (13) Delisted (4) RCRA Delegated from EPA to State EPA Emergency Response Excavation Batteries Buried on Hillsborough River

11 State Cleanup Programs Hillsborough County RCRA (delegated from EPA) Active (8) Closed (10) Waste Cleanup (Chapter , FAC) Active(197) Closed (133) Brownfields (Chapter , FAC) Retained by SW District Active (13) Closed (9) Petroleum Cleanup (Chapter , FAC) Contracted to EPC

12 Local Cleanup Programs Petroleum Cleanup Contracted to EPC (since 1987) Program Sites Active (673) Inactive (515) Closed/Remediated (1225) Old Landfill Program (174) Director Authorization sites (59) Brownfields Delegated to EPC (2004) Active (14) Closed (4) Boy Scout Road Landfill Redevelopment Tanks at IKEA site

13 What does it all mean? ~2940 contaminated sites in the system all with different types and levels of contamination ~1440 sites have been closed and no longer pose a risk to human health or the environment More sites likely to be identified in future The federal, state, and local government programs have little to no overlap, except in emergencies like the recent pipeline spill when everyone joins forces to minimize the human health and environmental impacts.


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