Media Release

Interactive Map of Offsite Soil Testing Near Koppers Site and Other Locations

Monday, March 14, 2011 1:30 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) announces the availability of a new interactive web map which displays the results of validated offsite soil testing data for Dioxins, Arsenic and Benzo(a)pyrene contaminants near the Koppers Superfund site and other City of Gainesville locations.

Click here to view the interactive map. The interactive web map compares the concentrations of contaminants to State of Florida Soil Clean-up criteria for residential and commercial properties.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is conducting soil investigations in road rights of way and on some private properties near the Koppers Superfund site and in other locations in order to determine the extent of potential offsite soil contamination from the site. At this time, the full area extent of soil contamination impacts near the Koppers site has not been definitively established. USEPA has committed to additional testing in the area in order to determine the full extent of contamination. ACEPD will update this interactive map information as new soil test data becomes available.

“ACEPD developed this interactive web map to provide a convenient tool to display the validated soil test data that has been reported to ACEPD and USEPA over the last several years for the primary offsite Koppers related contaminants. The map makes it much easier to view a summary of the key soil test data rather than refer to  separate maps and data reports.” stated Chris Bird, ACEPD Director. “This map tool provides a significant benefit to residents, local officials and commercial and real estate interests to better understand what is currently known about the extent of soil contamination near the Koppers site."

For more information, contact John Mousa, Alachua County Pollution Prevention Manager at 352-264-6805.



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