Nearly two years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final blueprint for the cleanup of the Koppers Superfund site in Gainesville, there is no final agreement in place to implement the plan.
After lengthy negotiations, Beazer East Inc., the company legally responsible for the remediation of the contaminated former wood treatment plant and affected off-site properties, has signed off on the agreement or consent decree.
But the EPA still has to approve the document. Scott Miller, the EPA project manager for the site, said officials with the federal agency were processing the agreement and there was no definitive timeline for when it would receive final approval.
Miller said Friday that the complexity and expense of the cleanup plan caused negotiations to “take longer than we expected.”
He said the estimated $90 million cleanup will implement the EPA plan as written. That includes the cleanup of off-site soils to the state of Florida’s more stringent standard for dioxin, a carcinogen released from several sources, including the wood-treatment processes used at Koppers.