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Phase 1 Offsite Soil Remediation to Start Week of February 17, 2014

The first phase (Phase 1) of the offsite soil remediation on Stephen Foster Neighborhood properties west of the former Koppers portion of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site has been tentatively scheduled to start the week of February 17, 2014.  Beazer East, Inc., the responsible party for the contamination at the Koppers portion of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site,  is in the process of finalizing access agreements with property owners in this first phase which includes properties located approximately north of NW 30th Ave and south of NW 32nd Ave that are in the planned remediation zone.  Initial activities will include tree removal as per the remediation plan approved by the property owner and will be followed by contaminated soil removal and replacement with clean soil and restoration of the property.

Pilot Offsite Soil Remediation Action in Stephen Foster Neighborhood

During the week of November 18, 2013, Beazer East, Inc.,  the responsible party for the contamination at the Koppers portion of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site,  will be starting a Pilot Soil Removal and Replacement Action at one property in the Stephen Foster Neighborhood located at 436 NW 30th Ave. adjacent to the western boundary of the former Koppers site.  This pilot project is intended to provide preliminary information that will serve as a model for future remediation activities at other properties in the neighborhood.   The property owner and Beazer East have agreed on a soil removal plan and landscape replacement plan for the property.  One foot of soil will be removed and replaced on the subject property.  Preliminary activities  will be occurring starting November 14 on the former Koppers site as part of this soil removal action including tree removal, soil stockpiling and temporary roadbed preparation. Beazer East will be applying best managment practices to minimize the generation of dust during these activities and will be performing dust monitoring.  Soil removal and replacement activities at the pilot parcel will be ongoing from November 18 through November 26, with landscape replacement occurring in the first weeks of December.  The Beazer workplan for this pilot project was approved by USEPA.

Beazer East Pilot Offsite Soil Removal and Replacement Plan 11-6-2013    

Florida Department of Health Finalizes Neighborhood Soils Report and Gives OK to Eating Homegrown Zuchini - December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013-- Note: Due to a calculation error, the Florida Department of Health has reviewed the caution advisory issued in August 2013 which recommended limiting the consumption of zuchini grown in dioxin contaminated soils with concentration above 23 ppt. The updated corrected health risk information indicates that health risks are unlikely from consuming vegetables including zuchini grown in dioxin contaminated soils in the Stephen Foster neighborhood. 

 A Community Update was Issued on December 2, 2013.

Health Department Issues Final Offsite Soils Health Consultation - November 4, 2013

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has released the Final Health Consultation (HC) for Surficial Soils Surrounding the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site.  This HC report evaluates the health risks from surface soils an includes data from samples collected in January 2012 and also updates the health risks evaluation related to the consumption of vegetables including zuchini that may be grown in dioxin contaminated soils in the residential neighborhood.  

FDOH Health Consultation on Surface Soils Near Koppers Site 11-4-2013   

Proposed Remediation Parcels West of Former Koppers Site Amended by Beazer East

Beazer East contractor TetraTech has developed an updated map of surface soil dioxin contamination levels west of the former Koppers site and an updated proposed extent of remediation parcels.   The new map is based on the results of additional confirmatory soil sampling conducted on July 30, 2013 on the northwestern and southern edge of the neighborhood west of Koppers site.

Updated Map of Remediation Parcels 10-29-2013

County Sends Letter to Beazer Requesting Relocation Option

On September 24, 2013 the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners approved a letter to be sent to Beazer East, Inc. requesting that an option be provided for permanant relocation and compensation for offsite property owners near the former Koppers Superfund site whose properties are located in the EPA determined remediation zone.  The text of the letter is contained in the following link:

Letter from Alachua County Chair to Beazer on Relocation 9-24-2013 

USEPA Consent Decree Approved by Federal Court July 9, 2013

The Federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida has approved the proposed Consent Decree between the USEPA and Beazer East filed on February 7, 2013 for the Cabot Koppers Superfund Site.  Judge Richard Smoak accepted and ordered the USEPA's Motion to Enter the Consent Decree that was filed with Court on June 28, 2013.  The remedial actions and deadlines contained in the Consent Decree will now begin and will be tracked from July 9, 2013 date. 

USEPA Motion to Enter Consent Decree and Final Supporting Documents Filed June 28, 2013

On June 28, 2013 , the USEPA through the US Department of Justice  filed the Motion to Enter the Consent Decree for the Cabot Koppers Superfund Site which includes all final supporting documents and responses to Public Comments received on the proposed Consent Decree lodged with the Federal Court of the Northern District of Florida on February 7, 2013.   The documents filed with the court are contained in the links below:

 1- Motion to Enter Consent Decree

 2- Memo in Support of Motion to Enter Consent Decree

 3- Exhibit 1 Part 1 Transcript of Public Hearing

 4- Exhibit 1 Part 2  Comments

5- Exhibit 2  Outline of Responses

6- Proof of Service 


Recent Public Meetings

Thursday, May 30, 2013 -- USEPA Beazer Information Open House on Offsite Soil Remediation Process

  •  Location: Senior Center, 5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville
  • Time: Between 1 PM and 8 PM
  • See more information below

Monday, June 10, 2013 -- FDOH Information Open House on Indoor Dioxin Dust Study Health Consultation

  • Location:  Stephen Foster School, 3800 NW 6th St., Gainesville
  • Time: Between 3 PM and 8 PM 
  • See more information below

Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Open House on Draft Health Consultation - Monday,June 10; USEPA Report on Indoor Dioxin Dust Sampling Available

The FDOH has released a Draft Heath Consultation for public review assessing the health risks associated with the levels of dioxins found in indoor dust from background residences and residences west of the Cabot Koppers Superfund Site.   The Public Comment period is until June 24, 2013.  This Draft Health Consultation is based on data reported by the USEPA from the Indoor Dioxin Sampling Study conducted in May 2012.   On May 24, 2013, the Alachua County Health Department released and distributed a Community Update to residents describing the availability of the Draft Health Consultation.  The ACHD plans a neighborhood Open House Meeting to be held on Monday, June 10, 2013 , from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Stephen Foster Elementary School , 3800 NW 6th Street, Gainesville

Details are available at the Alachua County Health Department website and in the following documents

ACHD Community Update May 2013

FDOH Draft Health Consultation on Indoor Dioxin Dust Study

USEPA Report on Indoor Dioxin Dust Study 


USEPA and Beazer Information Open House on Offsite Soil Clean-up and Sampling           Thursday, May 30

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Beazer East, Inc., the responsible party for the remediation of the Cabot- Koppers Superfund Site in Gainesville, FL, are conducting an information session for residents and property owners in the Stephen Foster Neighborhood that have been notified that their properties are located in the remediation or evaluation zones for offsite soil clean-up.    The session will answer questions concerning the upcoming soil removal and restoration activities planned for the neighborhood.     Representatives of USEPA, Beazer East, and other state and local representatives will be available to answer questions.  
 Location:     Senior Recreation Center
                    5701 NW 34th Street
                    Gainesville, FL 32653

Date:           Thursday, May 30, 2013

Time:           Between 1 PM and 8 PM.
Short presentations will be given at 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM

View the Invitation

For more information—contact

Scott Miller, USEPA          404-562-9120

Greg Council, Tetra Tech 770-619-9950   

John Mousa,  ACEPD        352-264-6805


USEPA and Beazer Solicit Site Access for Sampling and Preliminary Design Surveys for Soil Clean-up of Offsite Properties - May 6, 2013

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in conjunction with Beazer East, Inc., the responsible party for remediation of the Cabot-Koppers  Superfund site, began sending out property access agreement request letters on May 2, 2013 to residents and property owners of approximately  92 properties in the neighborhood west of the former Koppers site (East of NW 6th Street) and the neighborhood across NW 23rd Ave south of the former Koppers site. 

The purpose of these letters is to solicit property access for either additional soil sampling or to perform preliminary remedial design surveys in preparation for the offsite soil clean-up of residential properties.  The additional sampling is intended to further confirm the properties that will be subject to offsite soil remediation.  The preliminary design property surveys will be requested for those properties that are already confirmed to be in areas that will require soil remediation in order to develop plans for the offsite soil remediation.

Two fact sheets will be included with the USEPA request letter explaining to the residents and property owners what the access agreement is for and what the anticipated process will be for the future planned offsite soil remediation process.  The fact sheets provide contact numbers for persons to call for questions.  The USEPA Project Manager, Mr. Scott Miller, was in Gainesville the week of May 6th to go door to door to meet with residents who received the letters, answer questions and to encourage signing of the property access agreements.

The USEPA & Beazer East, Inc. have tentatively planned an informational  meeting in late May or early June for the residents and property owners receiving the request letters, in order to further answer questions about the soil sampling and survey process and the anticipated future steps in the offsite remediation process.  

 1658_USEPA Beazer Fact Sheet on Offsite Soil Remdiation Sequencing SF Neighborhood 5-6-2013.pdf

1658_USEPA Beazer Frequently Asked Questions Soil Removal and Restoration SF Neighborhood 5-6-2013.pdf

1658_USEPA Access Authorization for Sampling Letter 5-2-2013.pdf1658_USEPA Survey Access Request Letter 5-3-2013.pdf


Beazer East Drilling to Occur on Koppers Site Beginning April 4, 2013

Beginning April 2nd through April 11th Beazer's East, Inc. will begin drilling work on the Koppers site starting at 7:30AM and ending at 6:30PM. After a short break, work will resume on April 16th. This is a temporary extednded daily schedule to allow Beazer's East to catch up on some work at the site. The drilling plan has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in consultation with the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department and the City of Gainesville. This work is associated with the pilot demonstration ISGS remediation process and is intended to gather additional subsurface soil information at the process areas on site.

If you have any questions or issues related to the work, please contact:

Scott Miller, Remedial Project Manager

United States Environmental Protection Agency


In addition, you may contact:

John Mousa, Pollution Prevention Manager

Alachua County Environmental Protection Agency


Fred Murry, Assistant City Manager

City of Gainesville


USEPA Consent Decree of Koppers Superfund Site --Public Comment Period

The expected Cabot-Koppers Consent Decree was lodged with the United States District Court, Northern District on February 7, 2013. The US Department of Justice (USDOJ) has placed a notice in the Federal Register on February 13, 2013 to alert and give the public an opportunity to review the decree. The notice begins a 30-day public comment period which will end on March 15, 2013.  

Public comments on the Consent Decree should be addressed to:

Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division and should refer to the United States of America V. Beazer East, Inc. Action no. 1:13cvs29-SPM-GRJ; D.J. Ref. NO. 90-11-2-622/1. 

Comments may be submitted by email or by mail.
By email, send public comments to
By mail, send comments to: Assistant Attorney General, U. S. DOJENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC  20044-7611

When the public comment period ends, the USEPA and the USDOJ will collectively review the comments and prepare a response to them as necessary for the presiding judge’s consideration. The presiding federal judge will decide whether to enter or decline to enter the consent decree. The presiding judge may, but is not required to, have a hearing in open court concerning the consent decree.

Once a consent decree is entered, the remediation work will begin according to the schedule established in the consent decree and the Statement of Work (which is an appendix to the consent decree).  Links to view and download the Consent Decree and assoicated documents are provided below.  Alternatively, the Consent Decree may be viewed at the information repository at the Alachua County Public Library, located at 401 E. University Avenue in Gainesville, Florida 32601, for public review.

Consent Decree Documents:

 Final Beazer Consent Decree.pdf

 Complaint_doc 1_020713.pdf 

 Appendix A -USEPA Feb 2011 Record of Decision  

Appendix B through G including Statement of Work


USEPA Notifies Homeowner Participants of Results of Indoor Dust Sampling Study

On November 30, 2012, the USEPA Region 4 in Atlanta sent letters to homeowners who participated in the Indoor Dust Sampling Study in May 2012 advising them of the levels of dioxins found in their house dust.   The USEPA stated that levels of dioxins found in indoor dust in the the homes near the former Koppers site were not above USEPA concern levels and that no indoor remediation was planned for the neighborhood.  The final USEPA report with all sampling data has not yet been released by USEPA.  The Florida Department of Health will study the full sampling data set to determine if there is a long term health impact from the levels of dioxins found in the homes.   The final FDOH report is expected out in early 2013.   


The latest round of offsite soil sampling results for dioxins from samples taken in October 2012 in the vicinity of the Cabot Koppers Superfund Site and in the City Material Storage Yard are now available on the Interactive Soil Map application. 


During the week of September 24, 2012, the Cabot Corporation (Cabot) will conduct a soil gas investigation at the Northside Shopping Center located at the corner of N. Main Street and NE 23rd Avenue in Gainesville, Florida. This investigation is being performed at the request of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as part of ongoing studies and environmental monitoring associated with the Cabot Carbon/Koppers Superfund site.  The Northside Shopping Center was built on a portion of the former Cabot facility, which was historically used to distill pine oil and pine tar from pine trees.  As a result, soil and groundwater data from locations beneath the building or nearby locations indicate the presence of relatively low levels of volatile organic compounds. Soil gas sampling is being conducted to confirm that vapor concentrations in the subsurface do not exceed protective levels.  The investigation will include soil gas sampling from a dozen exterior locations surrounding the shopping center buildings. The results of the soil gas sampling will help determine whether or not additional assessment is needed.  The investigation work plan has been reviewed and approved by the USEPA with input from the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) and the City of Gainesville.  Links to the Workplan and the Fact Sheet can be found below. 

Soil Gas Investigation Workplan - Northside Shopping Center

Fact Sheet on Soil Gas Investigation – Northside Shopping Center


Drilling activites are ongoing on the former Koppers site during the months of July and August 2012 to install soil borings in the Former Process Area in the southeast portion of the site.  These borings are to provide additional characterization of the contamination in the surficial and upper hawthorn formations in preparation for the ISGS demonstration pilot program.


Additional offsite soil sampling results for dioxins, arsenic and benzo(a)pyrene from samples taken in January and June 2012 in the vicinity of the Cabot Koppers Superfund Site and along busy street areas of the City of Gainesville are now available on the Interactive Soil Map application.


The Florida Department of Health has released the June 2012 Community Update for the Koppers Superfund Site.


The Florida Department of Health has released the Final Cancer Review Study for the years 1981 - 2008 for the Stephen Foster Neighborhood near the Koppers Superfund Site. The report can be obtained at above link and at the Alachua County Health Department website:


Kestrel Ecological Services of Gainesville , a contractor for Tetra Tech and Beazer East , is conducting a preliminary tree inventory during the week of May 29, 2012 in part of the Stephen Foster Neighborhood west of the former Koppers portion of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site.  This tree inventory is intended to help with the preliminary planning process for the offsite soil remediation that is expected to occur in parts of the Stephen Foster neighborhood east of NW 6th street as part of the USEPA Record of Decision for the Cabot Koppers Superfund Site.     The factsheet below provides more information on the tree inventory process.

Tree Inventory Information Sheeet- Stephen Foster Neighborhood May 2012   



The USEPA is starting the sampling of indoor dust in up to 35 homes in the Stephen Foster and two Background Neighborhoods on May 8, 2012.  Sampling is exepected to continue through May 17, 2012.  The USEPA sampling team has been arranging appointments with homeowners who had previously submitted an access authorization to USEPA. The samples of indoor dust will be tested for chlorinated and brominated dioxins and furans.  


The USEPA will implement an Indoor Dioxin Dust Investigation Study  in selected neighborhoods in the City of Gainesville.  On January 9, 2012, letters from USEPA were mailed out  to preselected near site and background neighborhoods soliciting participation in the study and property access authorization from residential property owners. The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is assisting USEPA in the mailout and receipt of letters from the contacted neighborhoods.

A workgroup of local health, environmental and technical experts will assist USEPA in identifying the homes to be tested from the group of homes whose owners have provided access authorization and completed survey questions.  Sampling is tentatively scheduled for March/April 2012. 

The Indoor Dioxin Dust Investigation Study is intended to investigate the issue of potential indoor dust contamination with dioxins in homes near the Cabot Koppers Superfund site and includes recommendations for sampling, testing and data intrepretation.  The study will include sampling of indoor dust from not more than 15 homes located near the Superfund site and from not more than 15 "background" homes located almost 2 miles from the site.  The background homes are located in neighborhoods that have not shown evidence of soil dioxin dust contamination above State of Florida standards.

In July 2011, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) submitted a

Indoor Dust Investigation/ Intrepretation Workplan for the Stephen Foster Neighborhood to the USEPA. The workplan was developed by a Task Force composed of representatives from the FDOH, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, USEPA, the US Agency for Toxics and Disease Registry, the Alachua County Health Department and included representatives of Beazer East, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisor from the citizens group, Protect Gainesville Citizen's Inc.  Both the City of Gainesville Commission and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners have urged USEPA to implement the workplan.

USEPA Solicitation Letter for Near Site Homes

USEPA Solicitation Letter for Background Homes

Access Authorization and Survey Form     

Indoor Dioxin Dust Study Fact Sheet




The Final Report describing the results of the Investigation of Historical Linear Features and Potential Drum Disposal Areas on the Koppers Superfund Site  conducted by Beazer East during the weeks of May 2 through May 12, 2011 is now available in the Cabot Koppers Online Document Library.   The Final Report is dated June 21, 2011.  This investigation was requested by USEPA to address concerns raised by residents in the Stephen Foster neighborhood about potential burial of drums and additional source areas on site.  Field observations did not confirm the presence of buried drums or any additional creosote contamination source areas in the site locations investigated. Field oversight of activities was conducted by USEPA, the Corps of Engineers, Beazer East and representatives of ACEPD and GRU.

The workplan for the effort can be found at the following link:

Beazer Workplan for Investigation of Linear Features and Potential Drum Disposal Areas 4-6-2011

ACEPD observations made during the field investigation effort is summarized at the following link: Summary of ACEPD Observations  



The USEPA Region 4 has released a revised update of the Community Involvement Plan for the Koppers Superfund Site dated May 2011.

CLICK HERE to view the document.


On May 26, 2011 the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issue a Notice of Intent to Issue an NPDES Stormwater Discharge Permit for the former Koppers Site (now called Beazer East site).  The Draft NPDES Permit is available below.   Requests for administrative hearing need to challenge the draft permit need to be made by the deadlines in the information below.  For more information contact Jeff Martin, FDEP NE District, 904-256-1700 ext 21614

Draft NPDES Permit

Draft Administrative Order

Draft Permit Fact Sheet

Notice of Intent to Issue Permit

Draft Permit Map of Discharge and Sampling Locations


USEPA Releases Final Record of Decision (ROD) Clean-up plan for Cabot Koppers Superfund Site Feb 2, 2011

The USEPA has released the Final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cabot Koppers Superfund Site on Feb 2 2011.   The full text of the ROD is available from the USEPA website at the following link:


Soil Sampling Results for Dioxins in Offsite Neighborhood West of Former Koppers Site in  Road Rights of Way North, South and East of Site are Available 

Recent soil sampling results for dioxins in the offsite neighborhood west of the former Koppers part of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site are now available. The latest samples were taken in September 2010 on residential and commercial properties. Click Here to see  a map all the dioxin soil sampling results in the neighborhood west of Koppers including all previous rights-of-way data.  Soil Sampling Results for Arsenic, Dioxins and Benzo(a)pyrene in Road Rights of Way North East and South of Former Koppers Site are Available Here.

Cabot Corporation -- Tar Removal Effort - Springstead and Hogtown Creeks

The Cabot Corporation is planning a voluntary effort to remove residual pine tar deposits from selcted segments of Springstead and Hogtown Creeks in January and February 2011.  Click here to see the Final Workplan and for additional information about this work effort.

ACEPD Report on Sediment Quality on Springstead and Hogtown Creeks Near the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site -May 2009 Updated August 2009

Alachua County and City of Gainesville Comments and Recommendations on USEPA Proposed Clean-up Plan for Koppers Superfund Site - October 8, 2010

The Final City of Gainesville and Alachua County Comments and Recommendations on the USEPA July 2010 Proposed Plan for Clean up of the Koppers Superfund Site was tranmitted to USEPA on October 8, 2010.   Click HERE to see the final recommendations.   The cover letter from Chair of Alachua County Board of  County Commissioners, Cynthia Chestnut, accompanied the transmittal from the County.   A cover letter from the Mayor of Gainesville, Craig Lowe, accompanied the transmittal from the City.  

USEPA Proposed Cleanup Plan Released July 15, 2010

The USEPA Region 4 has released the Proposed Clean-up Plan for Koppers Superfund Site on July 15, 2010. 

The plan can be seen at the following link:

 USEPA Region 4 Proposed Plan for Koppers Superfund Site 7-15-2010.pdf


Historical Background -- Summary of Site History and Remediation Activities - Click Here 




Current Status of Offsite Remediation


North of 31st Lane  and East of NW 4th Street  (Block G&H):

Work is complete!


Properties between NW 31st Lane and NW 30th Avenue (Block E/F):

Soil removal and replacement has been completed.  Fence installation and landscaping are nearing completion.


Properties South of NW 30th Avenue and North of 29th Avenue: (Block D):

Tree clearing, soil removal and replacement are currently underway.  Work in this area has suspended for the weekend, and will resume on Tuesday, April 22nd.


Properties between NW 29th Avenue and 28th Avenue (Block C):

Beazer is working with property owners to complete agreements.  Fence and tree removal is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 22nd.  Soil removal should start on Friday, April 25th.


Properties between NW 28th Avenue and 27th Avenue (Block B):

Beazer is working with property owners to complete agreements. 


Properties south of NW 27th Avenue (Blocks A&I):

Landscape designs are in progress.


If you have any specific questions about the project or schedule, you may contact Kate Libby at 352-213-0599 or


Contact the USEPA

Scott Miller
Remedial Project Manager

 US Environmental Protection Agency Region 4
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Cabot Koppers Superfund 

Online Document Library 

The Cabot Koppers Superfund Site online document library maintained by the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department contains documents dated from 2004 although a few earlier documents are included. Some larger file size documents are maintained internally by ACEPD along with older files.  Contact ACEPD offices to view these files. 

Interactive Map

Offsite Soil Contaminant Concentrations

Near Koppers Superfund Site and Other Locations

Health Guidance

The Alachua County Health Department maintains information and guidance on their website (Click Here) on human health related issues associated with off-site contamination near the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site.

Cabot Site --49 acres

  • History of pine tar & charcoal production 
  • Pine tar/pine oil production by Cabot since 1945
  • Product isolation in 3 unlined lagoons (1949)
  • Cabot sold site (1967)
  • Developer breechs product lagoons
  • Pine tars and oils discharged to wetlands and creek
  • Remaining lagoon sludges mixed with site soils (1970)
  • Shopping center built on site
  • Stormwater ponds built on top of former lagoons
  • Malodorous leachate appears in Main Street ditch
  • Groundwater collection trench installed along Main Street
  • Northeast lagoon partially excavated
  • Remediation on-going
Koppers Site --90 acres
  • Wood treating since 1916
  • Creosote, Pentachlorophenol, CCA
  • Areas of concern
    • 2 wastewater ponds
    • Former cooling pond /process area
    • Drip Track Area
  • Beazer purchases Koppers (1988)
  • Wood treating ops. sold to Koppers Industries, Inc.
  • Beazer retained environmental liability

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