In July 1987, International Processing Specialists (IPS) leased the property to operate a waste water facility and in 1991 began used oil processing. In September of 1995 an explosion at its 630,000 gallons used oil storage tank caused the death of one of IPS's employees. As a result of the explosion, FDEP required IPS to upgrade its facility and allow it to continue to operate the used oil processing facility. After sending several letters to the facility regarding non-compliance, FDEP filed a Civil Complaint in 2000 to compel compliance, prohibit receipt of used oil or wastewater by the facility, revoke the permit, and collect penalties.
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In 2001, BCX became the new owner of the facility. Between 2001 and 2004, BCX removed equipment, containers, piping, and demolished the process building. No waste was removed from the tanks.
In June of 2004, an inspector with the City of Jacksonville's Tanks Program discovered an accumulation of wastewater in the secondary containment area and that a crack in the containment wall. FDEP confirmed the City's findings and contacted BCX. No action was taken by BCX. On June 11, 2004 the City of Jacksonville obtained an emergency Temporary Injunction ordering BCX, IPS, related companies, and real property owners to remove waste from the secondary containment, sample wells, and tanks. No action was taken.
On June 21, 2004, OSC Terry Stilman mobilized to the BCX Tank Site and initiated an emergency response action to address the leaking tanks and waste accumulation in the secondary containment wall. On December 30, 2004 on-site Emergency Removal activities were complete.
On October 10, 2007, EPA signed an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for Removal Action with 16 waste generators who sent waste materials to the site. Some of the Work required by the AOC will be decontaminating impacted surfaces, closing-out the damaged tanks, and disposing of remaining sludges and wastewaters from the site.
**This site was completed on August 26, 2008; see the FINAL POLREP for removal action summary and site closeout information.