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Superfund Site Report: HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at proposal (July 14, 1989): Homestead Air Force Base is in Dade County, approximately 25 miles southwest of Miami and 7 miles east of Homestead, Florida. The facility encompasses 2,916 acres with additional easements of 429 acres. The area around the base is mostly agricultural and residential. The base has jurisdiction over several remote annexes, but there is little evidence that hazardous substances have been disposed of at those locations. The base was activated in September 1942 and initially was operated by the Army Air Transport Command. After extensive hurricane damage in 1945, the base was turned over to Dade County, which used it for small commercial and industrial operations. In 1953, the Air Force acquired the base and rebuilt it. Wastes have been disposed of on-site since the facility's inception. A landfill was operated in the 1940s, but little is known about this operation. During Dade County's ownership, electroplating operations were conducted on the site, and plating wastes containing HEAVY METALS and CYANIDES were allegedly disposed of directly on the ground. After the Air Force assumed control in 1953, hazardous substances were disposed of in Fire Training Area 3, which was unlined and had no system to collect residual fluids, and the Residual Pesticide Disposal Area.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Discharge to sewer/surface water
    • Inadvertent spill
    • Incineration residuals handling
    • Landfarm/land treatment facility
    • Landfill
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Storage - raw material
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    CYANIDE COMPOUNDS    X
    DDTX    
    DIETHYL ETHERX    
    POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLSX    


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? Yes
    Population served by the threatened wells: No data
    Aquifer discharges into: A sensitive ecological environment
      Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: > 100,000
     
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
    Ground water migration:


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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE
    EPA ID: FL7570024037
    Address: FLORIDA TURNPIKE EAST
    HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE, FL 33039-5300
    Other Names: HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE
      USAF HOMESTEAD AFB
      USAF HOMESTEAD AIR FORCE BASE
    Site Ownership: Federally Owned
    Category of Site: Federal Facility
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: August 30, 1990
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 1
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? No
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 0
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

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