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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

FLORIDA PETROLEUM REPROCESSORS
DAVIE, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA


CONCLUSIONS

We classify the Florida Petroleum Reprocessors Superfund hazardous waste site as an indeterminate potential public health hazard because people could be exposed to contaminated groundwater in the future.

  1. People living over the area of contaminated groundwater north of the New River Canal could install new private wells or use existing private wells and use contaminated groundwater in the future. If people used the contaminated groundwater, they might be at an increased risk of cancer and non-cancer illnesses.


  2. We classify the site as a past public health hazard because residents living in the seven homes on SW 44th Terrace (north of the New River Canal) using private wells were exposed to contaminated groundwater. People are at risk of increased cancer and non-cancer illnesses due to 1,1-dichloroethene and vinyl chloride in the groundwater.


  3. The levels of volatile organic chemicals in the municipal water supply from the South Peele-Dixie wellfield are unlikely to have caused any illness. Since the city of Ft. Lauderdale combines the groundwater from many wells before treatment and distribution, the concentrations of the volatile organic chemicals from the contaminated wells were likely diluted well below levels of health concern. In addition, as soon as the city identified contaminated municipal wells, they stopped pumping, reducing the duration of any possible exposure.


  4. If, in the future, people living over the area of contaminated groundwater south of the New River Canal install private wells, they could be exposed to the contaminated groundwater. People are at risk of increased cancer and non-cancer illnesses due to 1,1-dichloroethene and vinyl chloride in this groundwater. Currently no one is using the contaminated groundwater south of the New River Canal. Use of private wells south of the area of concern (Oakes Road) is not known.


  5. If people install private wells on the FPR property in the future, they could be exposed to the contaminated groundwater. If they are exposed to the contaminated groundwater, they would be at risk for both cancerous and non-cancerous illnesses from 1,1-dichloroethene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, vinyl chloride, TCE, 1,2-dichloroethene, and toluene.


  6. The extent of groundwater contamination south of FPR (Oakes Road) is unknown.


  7. The fenced FPR property lacks hazardous waste warning signs.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The recommendations and advice in this public health assessment are based upon the referenced data and information. Additional data could alter these recommendations.

  1. Identify and sample private wells north of New River Canal to determine if they are contaminated. Prohibit domestic use of any contaminated private wells in the area north of the New River Canal. Government officials should prohibit domestic use of the contaminated groundwater unless it meets all state and federal drinking water standards. Prohibit new wells in the area of contamination.


  2. Continue to inform residents north of the New River Canal of the potential public health threat resulting from use of contaminated private wells.


  3. Continue to sample municipal water for volatile organic chemicals on a regular basis.


  4. Survey the area south of FPR property to make sure there are no private wells. Prohibit new wells in the area of contamination.


  5. Prohibit any domestic use of the groundwater under the FPR property until it meets all state and federal drinking water standards.


  6. Determine the extent of groundwater contamination south of FPR (Oakes Road).


  7. Maintain security and post hazardous waste warning signs around FPR property.

The conclusions and recommendations in this report are based on the information reviewed. If additional information becomes available, we will evaluate it to determine what, if any, additional actions are necessary. The conclusions and recommendations in this report are site specific and are not necessarily applicable to other sites.


PREPARER OF REPORT

Julie Smith
Environmental Specialist III
Bureau of Environmental Toxicology
Florida Department of Health

ATSDR Technical Project Officers:

Roberta Erlwein
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation

Tereasa Nastoff
Division of Health Education and Promotion

Paul Jones
Division of Health Studies

ATSDR Regional Representative

Bob Safay
Senior Regional Representative


CERTIFICATION

This Petroleum Products Corporation Health Assessment was prepared by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). It is in accordance with approved methodology and procedures existing at the time the public health assessment was begun.


Roberta Erlwein
Technical Project Officer
State Program Section (SPS)
Superfund Site Assessment Branch (SSAB)
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation (DHAC)
ATSDR


The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, ATSDR, has reviewed this public health assessment, and concurs with its findings.


Richard E. Gillig, M.C.P.
Chief, SPS, SSAB, DHAC, ATSDR


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