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Bingo Hall

Location: Northwest intersection of County Road 833 and West Boundary Road Hendry County, Florida

Area: Consists of approximately 22 acre parcel.

Site Information: This site was originally utilized as farmland prior to the development of the commercial Bingo Hall in 1987. The Bingo Hall operated for 10 years before becoming a sporadic solid waste dumping area. The Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) has completed both a Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) to determine the presence of contaminants.

Land Use Compound

Location: Approximately 1000 feet south of the intersection of County Road 833 and Herd Development Road Hendry County, Florida

Area: Consists of approximately 11.5 acre parcel.

Site Information: Prior to development of the site in 1992 and 1993 the land was utilized for agriculture practices. The site is currently subdivided into two fenced compounds (east and west) located in the north portion; and an undeveloped heavily vegetated section (south) which is used to store equipment. Multiple above ground storage tanks (ASTs) and vehicle maintenance wastes have been left on site. A Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) have been performed.

Hunting Adventure

Location: SW side of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Highway 1280 and the L-28 Interceptor Canal Hendry County, Florida

Area: 2 acres of partially developed land.

Site Information: This site remained undeveloped land until 1995. Currently several small structures are on site including a pump house and water treatment facility. The site was formerly used for the processing of game meat; however, the game meat processing plant and wastewater treatment plant are currently unused. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has been performed on the property and identified the non-operational wastewater treatment facility as a recognized environmental condition (REC). Based on the Phase I ESA recommendations, a Phase II ESA will be performed on site to determine the extent of potential contaminants. Additionally, the Environmental Resource Management Department (ERMD) is conducting soil and groundwater assessments in the shooting range area and plans to develop Best Management Practices (BMPs) to manage the lead. The BMPs will include a four step approach for lead management listed below:

  1. Control/contain lead bullets and bullet fragments
  2. Prevent migration of lead to the subsurface
  3. Removal of the lead from the shooting range area
  4. Document activities

In November 2012, a design for a new shooting range has been presented to the Construction Management Department. The shooting range design will include engineering provisions that with proper maintenance and operation activities, will prevent potential lead migration to the subsurface.

A small leak of waste oil from a 200 gallon above ground waste oil tank in the mechanic shop area occurred in October of 2012. ERMD personnel performed an initial remediation in the area that included the removal of visibly impacted surface soils. Additional assessment and remediation is expected to be conducted in Fiscal Year 2013.

Seminole Farms

Location: Approximately 3/4 –miles west of County Road 833 and West Boundary Road intersection Hendry County, Florida

Area: The entire farm is comprised of approximately 904 acres in which 640 acres are currently and historically used for agricultural purposes. The remaining 264 acres are undeveloped natural areas. The Brownfield site consists of approximately 3.2 acres.

Site Information: In the early 1930’s and early 1940’s until 1982 this site was utilized as pasture land. In 1983, the Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) began vegetable farming operations on the property. The Brownfield site consists of the Seminole Farm’s maintenance area. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) was performed on site and several recognized environmental conditions (REC) were identified including a chemical storage, wash down area and sink, agricultural and commercial dumping, above ground storage tanks (ASTs), and numerous unlabelled 55-gallon drums and 5-gallon containers were identified. Based on the findings of the Phase I ESA a Phase II ESA will be completed in 2011 to determine in the presence of potential contaminants. Additional assessment and remediation will be performed in 2012 if necessary.

Motocross Facility

Location: West Boundary Road approximately 3.61 miles west of Josie Billie Highway Road Hendry County, Florida

Area: The entire site consists of 90 acres of partially improved property.

Site Information: Prior to the construction of the motocross in 2002 the site was vacant undeveloped land. The property includes 4 motor cycle race racks, metal grand stand structure, parts storage shed, 1 residential trailer, 1 office trailer, an entrance shed, 4 storage containers, a cell tower and several Chickee huts. Motocross racing operations were recently suspended. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has been completed in 2010 and identified a recognized environmental condition (REC). Based on the findings of the Phase I ESA, a Phase II ESA was completed in 2011. The Phase II ESA determined the presence of hydrocarbon contaminants in the vicinity of some irrigation well pumps. ERMD plans to implement subsurface remedial activities in Fiscal Year 2013. In addition, ERMD is planning to remove agricultural plastics and other recyclable materials.

Blue Top Construction

Location: South Boundary Road Hendry County, Florida

Area: Consists of approximately 5.5 acre parcel of land.

Site Information: Prior to development of the site the land was heavily wooded and vegetated. A vehicle maintenance shop was constructed and maintained between 2001-2003. The maintenance shop consisted of a 7,500 square foot building that is no longer in use. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) documented above ground storage tanks (ASTs) and vehicle maintenance wastes on site. A Phase II ESA performed analytical laboratory analysis of soil samples which confirmed petroleum contamination on site. Future planned activities consist of delineating the extent of soil contamination within the site and perform source removal activities as needed.

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