Alachua County Public Meeting on Koppers Superfund Site Status

Posted by Trish Riley, August 28, 2009

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – On Monday, August 31, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (Room 209, County Administration Bldg., 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville), the City of Gainesville and Alachua County Commissions are holding a joint public meeting to hear presentations about progress toward developing a final remedy on the Koppers Superfund site.

via Current Press Releases – Communications Department – Alachua County, FL.

More info from Robert Pearce, President, Stephen Foster Neighborhood Association:

August 26, 2009

Fellow Neighbors and Concerned Citizens,

On Monday August 31, 2009, there will be a Joint City/County
Commission meeting at the County Administration Building beginning at
3:00 P.M. to discuss all of the contamination issues associated with
the Koppers Superfund Cleanup Site.

The 90-acre superfund site was placed on the National Priorities List
in 1984 and is arguably Gainesville’s biggest environmental problem.
Koppers shares a mile-long boundary with the Stephen Foster
Neighborhood.

The main issues to be discussed at the meeting include the deep soil
penetration of contaminants that are jeopardizing Gainesville’s
drinking water supply (Murphree Wellfield), the contaminated
stormwater runoff that is discharged into Springstead Creek, and the
contaminated fugitive dust that migrates into the Stephen Foster
Neighborhood.

Presentations will be made by:

Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, Alachua County
Health Department, Gainesville Regional Utilities, St. Johns River
Water Management District, United States Environmental Protection
Agency, and Beazer East, Inc.

Subsequent to Monday’s meeting, draft Remedial Feasibility Studies
will be released for stakeholder review (GRU, Alachua County EPD, and
the City of Gainesville). EPA will then present remedial option(s) in
the proposed plan by November 2009, with Final Record of Decision by
January 2010.

Now is the time to make your voice heard. If these matters are of concern to you, please attend Monday’s
meeting.

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