National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site, 41719-41723 [2011-17754]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 136 / Friday, July 15, 2011 / Rules and Regulations it will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law. The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rules, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this action and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Parties with objections to this direct final rule are encouraged to file a comment in response to the parallel notice of proposed rulemaking for this action published in the Proposed Rules section of today’s Federal Register, rather than file an immediate petition for judicial review of this direct final rule, so that EPA can withdraw this direct final rule and address the comment in the proposed rulemaking. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements (see section 307(b)(2)). List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Volatile organic compounds. Dated: June 22, 2011. Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator, Region IX. Part 52, chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows: PART 52—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for Part 52 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Subpart F—California 2. Section 52.220 is amended by adding paragraph (c)(388) to read as follows: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ § 52.220 Identification of plan. * * * * * (c) * * * (388) New and amended regulations for the following APCD were submitted VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:47 Jul 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 on April 5, 2011, by the Governor’s Designee. (i) Incorporation by reference. (A) South Coast Air Quality Management District. (1) Rule 1143, ‘‘Consumer Paint Thinners & Multi-Purpose Solvents,’’ Amended December 3, 2010. (2) Rule 1144, ‘‘Metalworking Fluids and Direct-Contact Lubricants,’’ Amended on July 9, 2010. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2011–17759 Filed 7–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 300 [EPA–R04–SFUND–2011–0574; FRL–9438– 4] National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; National Priorities List: Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site Environmental Protection Agency. ACTION: Direct final rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site (Site), located in Jacksonville, Florida, from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the concurrence of the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, because EPA has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, and fiveyear reviews have been completed. However, this deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund. DATES: This direct final deletion is effective September 13, 2011 unless EPA receives adverse comments by August 15, 2011. If adverse comments are received, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final deletion in the Federal Register informing the public that the deletion will not take effect. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID no. EPA–R04– SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 41719 SFUND–2011–0574, by one of the following methods: • http://www.regulations.gov. Follow on-line instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: miller.scott@epa.gov. • Fax: 404–562–8896. • Mail: Scott Miller, Remedial Project Manager, Superfund Remedial Branch, Section C, Superfund Division, U.S. EPA Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, GA 30303. • Hand delivery: Same address as listed above. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID no. EPA–R04–SFUND–2011– 0574. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http:// www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through http:// www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD–ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statue. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only E:\FR\FM\15JYR1.SGM 15JYR1 41720 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 136 / Friday, July 15, 2011 / Rules and Regulations in the hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in http:// www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at:U.S. EPA Record Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jacksonville Public Library, 6886 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210, Monday– Thursday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m.–6 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Miller, Remedial Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 562–9120, email: miller.scott@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES I. Introduction II. NPL Deletion Criteria III. Deletion Procedures IV. Basis for Site Deletion V. Deletion Action I. Introduction EPA Region 4 is publishing this direct final Notice of Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill (Site), from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL constitutes Appendix B of 40 CFR part 300, which is the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended. EPA maintains the NPL as the list of sites that appear to present a significant risk to public health, welfare, or the environment. Sites on the NPL may be the subject of remedial actions financed by the Hazardous Substance Superfund (Fund). As described in 300.425(e) (3) of the NCP, sites deleted from the NPL remain eligible for Fund-financed remedial actions if future conditions warrant such actions. Because EPA considers this action to be noncontroversial and routine, this action will be effective September 13, 2011 unless EPA receives adverse comments by August 15, 2011. Along with this direct final Notice of Deletion, EPA is co-publishing a Notice of Intent to Delete in the ‘‘Proposed Rules’’ section of the Federal Register. If adverse comments are received within the 30-day public comment period on this deletion action, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal of this direct final Notice of Deletion before the effective date of the deletion, and the deletion will not take effect. EPA will, as appropriate, prepare a response to comments and continue with the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:47 Jul 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 deletion process on the basis of the Notice of Intent to Delete and the comments already received. There will be no additional opportunity to comment. Section II of this document explains the criteria for deleting sites from the NPL. Section III discusses procedures that EPA is using for this action. Section IV discusses the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site and demonstrates how it meets the deletion criteria. Section V discusses EPA’s action to delete the Site from the NPL unless adverse comments are received during the public comment period. II. NPL Deletion Criteria The NCP establishes the criteria that EPA uses to delete sites from the NPL. In accordance with 40 CFR 300.425(e), sites may be deleted from the NPL where no further response is appropriate. In making such a determination pursuant to 40 CFR 300.425(e), EPA will consider, in consultation with the state, whether any of the following criteria have been met: i. responsible parties or other persons have implemented all appropriate response actions required; ii. all appropriate Fund-financed response under CERCLA has been implemented, and no further response action by responsible parties is appropriate; or iii. the remedial investigation has shown that the release poses no significant threat to public health or the environment and, therefore, the taking of remedial measures is not appropriate. Pursuant to CERCLA section 121 (c) and the NCP, EPA conducts five-year reviews to ensure the continued protectiveness of remedial actions where hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants remain at a site above levels that allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure. EPA conducts such five-year reviews even if a site is deleted from the NPL. EPA may initiate further action to ensure continued protectiveness at a deleted site if new information becomes available that indicates it is appropriate. Whenever there is a significant release from a site deleted from the NPL, the deleted site may be restored to the NPL without application of the hazard ranking system. III. Deletion Procedures The following procedures apply to deletion of the Site: (1) EPA consulted with the State of Florida prior to developing this direct final Notice of Deletion and the Notice of Intent to Delete co-published today in PO 00000 Frm 00132 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 the ‘‘Proposed Rules’’ section of the Federal Register. (2) EPA has provided the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) 30 working days for review of this notice and the parallel Notice of Intent to Delete prior to their publication today, and the state, through the FDEP, has concurred on the deletion of the Site from the NPL. (3) Concurrently with the publication of this direct final Notice of Deletion, a notice of the availability of the parallel Notice of Intent to Delete is being published in a major local newspaper, Florida Times-Union. The newspaper notice announces the 30-day public comment period concerning the Notice of Intent to Delete the Site from the NPL. (4) The EPA placed copies of documents supporting the proposed deletion in the deletion docket and made these items available for public inspection and copying at the Site information repositories identified above. (5) If adverse comments are received within the 30-day public comment period on this deletion action, EPA will publish a timely notice of withdrawal of this direct final Notice of Deletion before its effective date and will prepare a response to comments and continue with the deletion process on the basis of the Notice of Intent to Delete and the comments already received. Deletion of a site from the NPL does not itself create, alter, or revoke any individual’s rights or obligations. Deletion of a site from the NPL does not in any way alter EPA’s right to take enforcement actions, as appropriate. The NPL is designed primarily for informational purposes and to assist EPA management. Section 300.425(e)(3) of the NCP states that the deletion of a site from the NPL does not preclude eligibility for future response actions, should future conditions warrant such actions. IV. Basis for Site Deletion The following information provides EPA’s rationale for deleting the Site from the NPL: Site Background and History The twelve acre Hipps Road Landfill Site (EPA CERCLIS Identification Number FLD980709802) is located on the southeastern corner at the intersection of Hipps Road and Exline Road in Jacksonville Heights, Duval County, Florida. Landfill operations were conducted on approximately six acres of the Site. The Site is surrounded by a residential neighborhood. The Site’s landfill area was initially a E:\FR\FM\15JYR1.SGM 15JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 136 / Friday, July 15, 2011 / Rules and Regulations cypress swamp. In 1968, property owner G. O. Williams contracted with Waste Control of Florida (WCF) to fill the lowlying areas of the property. Landfill operations ceased in 1970 and were covered by soil. In the early 1980s, residents complained about unusual tastes and odors in private water wells, which led to investigations that identified groundwater contamination. The City of Jacksonville began to provide residents with bottled water for use as a potable water source. The City of Jacksonville completed the extension of a city water line to the affected area in October 1983 and by September 1985, all area residents were connected to the public water system. WCF acquired the residential properties in 1987. Waste Management Corporation (WM) inherited the Site property through its acquisition of WCF. Surface water is not used as a drinking water supply in the area. Surface waters nearby are used for recreational purposes such as swimming, boating, and fishing. There are no ecologically sensitive areas near the Site, which is situated above the 500-year flood plain. WM, the current landowners, have expressed interest in using the Site as a wildlife habitat area. The Site was proposed to the NPL in September 1983 (48 FR 40674) and was finalized to the NPL on September 21, 1984 (49 FR 37070). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) In May 1986, EPA presented the results of the RI/FS, which included geophysical investigations, soil sampling, and groundwater sampling to characterize the Site. The results indicated that Site groundwater was the media of concern, and the migration of contaminants would occur in the lower sand aquifer located to the northeast of the landfill. The contaminants of concern (COCs) identified at the Site in the Site’s 1990 ROD Amendment were bis (2ethylhexyl) phthalate, chlorobenzene, chromium, 1,4-dichlorobenzene, trans1,2-dichloroethylene, ethyl benzene, lead, naphthalene, and vinyl chloride. The risk assessment conducted during the FS concluded that none of the compounds detected in Site soil were present at concentrations of toxicological concern. The RI/FS was completed in September 1986. Seven groundwater and five soil remedial actions were retained for detailed evaluation in the FS and were evaluated based on the National Contingency Plan decision criteria found at 40 CFR 300.430(e)(9) and include nine separate criteria used to VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:47 Jul 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 evaluate each combination of remedial alternatives. Selected Remedy The ROD was released on September 3, 1986. The remedy for the Site included the following components: • Proper landfill closure in a manner consistent with all applicable federal, state and local requirements. • Recovery of contaminated groundwater with treatment at the publicly owned treatment works (POTW). • Long-term monitoring of groundwater • Operation and maintenance includes upkeep of the landfill cap, groundwater monitoring, and maintenance of the groundwater recovery system. O&M will continue for at least 20 years after the final groundwater recovery operation. • Institutional controls may include, but are not limited to, fencing the site, continuance of the local well drilling prohibition, land use restrictions, grouting existing private wells, and public or PRP acquisition of private lands. In September 1990, EPA amended the ROD to provide for on-Site groundwater treatment and disposal as a more cost effective treatment alternative to disposal of groundwater to the publiclyowned treatment works (POTW). The 1990 ROD Amendment changed the remedy to the recovery of groundwater from five recovery wells; treatment of contaminated groundwater by air stripping; and the use of an on-Site holding pond for disposal of treated groundwater. In August 1994, EPA issued an ESD to alter the method by which the abandonment of private wells impacted by the Site groundwater was achieved. In June 1996, EPA issued a second ESD to address operating difficulties at the groundwater treatment system during excessive rainfall and/or effluent discharges. During this situation, the high water level switch in the holding pond would trigger a system shutdown. In an effort to keep the treatment system operational, the ESD allowed for the periodic discharge of treated groundwater to the local POTW during high water levels in the holding pond. In July 2004, EPA issued a third ESD, which changed the existing pump-andtreat recovery system to a monitored natural attenuation (MNA) plan to complete remediation of remaining groundwater contaminants. Response Actions On May 22, 1989, the landfill closure design was completed. The Remedial PO 00000 Frm 00133 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 41721 Design used a standard municipal cap design consisting of: a. General earthfill cover to provide a crown over the landfill area with a minimum grade of 2.5 percent towards the perimeter of the landfill b. One foot of low-permeability clay having a permeability of 1×10¥6 cm/s or less c. Two feet of vegetative soil cover and vegetative cover The Remedial Action construction for both the landfill closure and groundwater treatment system began in October 1989 and was completed on September 2, 1993, as documented in the September 9, 1994, Preliminary Closeout Report. Construction of the landfill cap was completed in April 1990 and final inspection of the landfill cover was April 26, 1990. The complete groundwater treatment system was constructed from May through August 1993. The groundwater treatment system included the installation of recovery wells, air-stripping system, and air blower system. Long-term groundwater monitoring began on March 15, 1994. As recommended in the 2001 MNA Pilot Study Report, the Remedial Goal Verification Plan (RGVP) monitoring program was replaced with the MNA long-term monitoring program beginning in September 2004. The MNA long-term monitoring program called for groundwater monitoring well sampling semi-annually. The wells included in the MNA longterm monitoring program fulfilled the following four purposes: (1) Confirm ongoing natural attenuation mechanisms; (2) ensure that benzene and vinyl chloride concentrations continue to be below cleanup goals; (3) monitor benzene and vinyl chloride in groundwater in areas in proximity to (or upgradient of) potential receptors; and (4) monitor the efficiency of the landfill cap. The MNA long-term monitoring program included the following tasks: • Semi-annual hydraulic (water level) monitoring of piezometers, monitoring wells, and recovery wells, as specified in the RGVP. • Semi-annual groundwater sample collection at upgradient wells TMW–1I and TMW–5I; side-gradient wells TMW–10I; and plume wells TMW–9I, TMW–13I, and RW–2 for analyses of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) via EPA Method 8260B. EPA approved discontinuing sampling and analysis of MNA long-term monitoring program wells TMW–7I, RW–3, TMW–6I, and RW–1 on March 3, 2006. Concentrations of benzene and vinyl chloride detected in these monitoring wells were below ROD cleanup criteria for four or more E:\FR\FM\15JYR1.SGM 15JYR1 41722 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 136 / Friday, July 15, 2011 / Rules and Regulations mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES consecutive quarters and satisfied the cleanup criteria for the RGVP and MNA monitoring program. • Semi-annual field monitoring of the following parameters where groundwater samples were collected: dissolved oxygen, oxidation reduction potential, conductivity, pH, and temperature. • Annual groundwater sample collection for the analyses of biogeochemical parameters and dissolved gases, and field analysis of alkalinity, sulfide, and ferrous iron. Groundwater monitoring occurred semi-annually and associated reports were submitted to EPA semi-annually. Off-Site wells were sampled until cleanup goals were achieved for four consecutive sampling events in February 2010. Since the Site’s 2005 Five Year Review, the landfill cover, infiltration pond, and security fencing were inspected semi-annually; each Site inspection found that they were properly maintained. In addition, each semi-annual report has shown that: • Site security, including a locked gate and perimeter fencing with appropriate notice signs, was in place. • Stormwater management features were functioning as designed. • The landfill cover was inspected. • No adverse conditions were observed. The Site has two institutional controls in place that provide protection to potential receptors. The Site lies within a Florida Groundwater Delineation Area found at Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62–524, which restricts placement of new wells on the property and surrounding areas. This regulation was codified on March 25, 1990. The Site also lies within the jurisdiction of the St. John’s River Water Management District (SJRWMD), which implements water supply well permitting controls and restricts groundwater withdrawals. A restrictive covenant recorded in the Duval County real estate records for the five parcels that constitute the Site restricts land use so that there would be no land disturbance which would effect the integrity of the final landfill cover or any component of the containment system without approval from the EPA Region 4 Regional Administrator. This restrictive convenant was recorded on January 24, 1988. Cleanup Goals Groundwater sampling data from September 2005 through September 2009 has been reviewed to determine cleanup goal attainment. In addition, groundwater sampling results of three off-Site wells, TMW–91, TMW–131 and VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:47 Jul 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 RW–2, were reviewed from November 2009 and February 2010. No COCs have been detected in any off-Site well since 2008. No COCs have been detected above cleanup goals in on-Site wells since the 2005 Five Year Review. TABLE 1—CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN AND THEIR CLEAN UP GOALS Contaminants of concern Benzene .................................... Chlorobenzene ......................... Chromium ................................. 1,4-dichlorobenzene ................. Trans-1,2-dichloroethylene ....... Ethyl benzene ........................... Lead .......................................... Naphthalene ............................. Vinyl chloride ............................ Clean up goals (μg/L) 1 100 100 75 100 700 15 140 1 Through the Fifty-First Monitoring and Maintenance Report monitoring period which has groundwater monitoring data obtained from April 1, 2009 to September 20, 2009, only three MNA monitoring wells (TMW–91, TMW–131, and RW–2) had not achieved the ROD cleanup criteria of four consecutive sampling events with results below cleanup goals. Benzene was detected above the cleanup goal of 1 μg/L in the three wells at concentrations ranging from 1.0 to 4.5 μg/L. Vinyl chloride was detected above the cleanup goal of 1 μg/L in RW–2 once in October 2005 and in TMW–131 in March and September 2006 and March 2007. Additional sampling of TMW–91, TMW–131 and RW–2 was performed in November 2009 and February 2010. The March 2010 Final Monitoring and Maintenance Report and Site Delisting Request included the supplemental TMW–91, TMW–131, and RW–2 sampling results, which found no COCs above cleanup goals. No COCs were detected above cleanup goals in the February, September, and November 2009 and February 2010 sampling. As of February 2010, all monitoring wells have met the ROD criteria of meeting cleanup goals for four consecutive monitoring events. Operation and Maintenance Waste Management designed and implemented an Operation and Maintenance Plan to ensure the longterm effectiveness of the ROD remedial elements. This Operations and Maintenance Plan was submitted on May 17, 1994. This Plan addressed maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the final cover, including repairing the landfill cover; maintenance and sampling of the groundwater monitoring network; and PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 protecting and maintaining surveyed benchmarks associated with institutional controls. Five-Year Review Since hazardous substances are present onsite above levels allowing for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure, statutory Five Year Reviews will be conducted by EPA every five years, pursuant to CERCLA Section 121 (c) and as provided in OSWER Directive 9355.7–03B–P, Comprehensive FiveYear Review Guidance (EPA, 2001). The purpose of these reviews is to ensure that the Site remedy remains protective of human health and the environment. The first Five Year Review at the Site was conducted in February 1996, the second in July 2000, the third in September 2005, and the fourth in July 2010. The Fourth Five-Year Review concluded that remedial actions at the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site are protective of human health and the environment in the short term, and exposure pathways that could result in unacceptable risks are being controlled. In order for the site to remain protective in the long-term, the Site needed to be assessed to determine if ICs are necessary to prevent inappropriate land use. Further analysis of existing groundwater use prohibitions related to the delineated areas and examination of the existing restrictive covenant indicate that all institutional controls needed at the Site have been implemented. EPA will complete the next Five Year Review by July 2015. Community Involvement A public meeting was held on May 7, 1986, to present EPA’s proposed plan for remedial action to the local community. Since that time community involvement activities, including community interviews, have occurred during each Five-Year review period (1996, 2000, 2005, 2010). Copies of site documents are in the designated Site repository at the Jacksonville Public Library, Webb-Wesconnett Regional Branch located at 6887 103rd St., Jacksonville, Florida. Concurrently with the publication of this direct final Notice of Deletion, a notice of the availability of the parallel Notice of Intent to Delete is being published in a major local newspaper, Florida Times-Union. The newspaper notice announces the 30-day public comment period concerning the Notice of Intent to Delete the Site from the NPL. E:\FR\FM\15JYR1.SGM 15JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 136 / Friday, July 15, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Determination That the Site Meets the Criteria for Deletion in the NCP The NCP specifies that EPA may delete a site from the NPL if ‘‘all appropriate responsible parties or other persons have implemented all appropriate response actions required’’ or ‘‘all appropriate fund-financed response under CERCLA has been implemented, and no further response action by responsible parties is appropriate’’. EPA, with the concurrence of the State of Florida through the FDEP by a letter dated April 22, 2011, has determined that the Site responsible party Waste Management has implemented all appropriate response actions required and no further response action is required. Therefore, EPA is proposing the deletion of the site from the NPL. All of the completion requirements for the site have been met as described in the Hipps Road Landfill Final Close Out Report (FCOR) dated April 21, 2011. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES V. Deletion Action The EPA, with concurrence of the State of Florida through the FDEP, has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, maintenance, monitoring and five-year reviews have been completed. Therefore, EPA is deleting the Site from the NPL. Because EPA considers this action to be noncontroversial and routine, EPA is taking it without prior publication. This action will be effective September 13, 2011 unless EPA receives adverse comments by August 15, 2011. If adverse comments are received within the 30-day public comment period, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal of this direct final notice of deletion before the effective date of the deletion, and it will not take effect. EPA will prepare a response to comments and continue with the deletion process on the basis of the notice of intent to delete and the comments already received. There will be no additional opportunity to comment. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 300 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Chemicals, Hazardous waste, Hazardous substances, Intergovernmental relations, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Superfund, Water pollution control, Water supply. Dated: June 9, 2011. A. Stanley Meiburg, Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4. For the reasons set out in this document, 40 CFR part 300 is amended as follows: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:47 Jul 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 PART 300—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 300 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321(c)(2); 42 U.S.C. 9601–9657; E.O. 12777, 56 FR 54757, 3 CFR, 1991 Comp., p. 351; E.O. 12580, 52 FR 2923; 3 CFR, 1987 Comp., p. 193. Appendix B to Part 300 [Amended] 2. Table 1 of Appendix B to part 300 is amended by removing ‘‘FL’’ ‘‘Hipps Road Landfill’’, ‘‘Duval County’’. ■ [FR Doc. 2011–17754 Filed 7–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 635 [Docket No. 100622276–0569–02] RIN 0648–XA541 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Inseason Action To Close the Commercial Gulf of Mexico NonSandbar Large Coastal Shark Fishery Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). ACTION: Fishery closure. AGENCY: NMFS is closing the commercial fishery for non-sandbar large coastal sharks (LCS) in the Gulf of Mexico region. This action is necessary because the quota for the 2011 fishing season is projected to have reached at least 80 percent of the available quota. DATES: The commercial non-sandbar LCS fishery is closed effective 11:30 p.m. local time July 17, 2011, until and if NMFS announces, via a notice in the Federal Register that additional quota is available and the season is reopened. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, or Guy DuBeck, 301–427–8503; fax 301–713–1917. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed under the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP), its amendments, and its implementing regulations found at 50 CFR part 635 issued under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). Under § 635.5(b)(1), shark dealers are required to report to NMFS all sharks landed every two weeks. Dealer reports SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 41723 for fish received between the 1st and 15th of any month must be received by NMFS by the 25th of that month. Dealer reports for fish received between the 16th and the end of any month must be received by NMFS by the 10th of the following month. Under § 635.28(b)(2), when NMFS projects that fishing season landings for a specific shark quota have reached or are projected to reach 80 percent of the available quota, NMFS will file for publication with the Office of the Federal Register a notification of closure for that shark species group which will be effective no fewer than 5 days after the date of filing. From the effective date and time of the closure until NMFS announces, via a notice in the Federal Register, that additional quota is available and the season is reopened, the fishery for that specific quota is closed, even across fishing years. On December 8, 2010 (75 FR 76302), NMFS announced that the non-sandbar LCS fishery for the Gulf of Mexico region for the 2011 fishing year would open on March 1 with a quota of 351.9 metric tons (mt) dressed weight (dw) (775,740 lb dw). Dealer reports through June 29, 2011, indicate that 278.3 mt dw or 79 percent of the available quota for non-sandbar LCS has been taken. Dealer reports received to date indicate that 52 percent of the quota was taken in March; 10 percent of the quota was landed in April; 10 percent of the quota was landed in May; and 7 percent from June 1 through June 29. Based on the rate of fishing effort indicated by these preliminary dealer reports, NMFS estimates that an additional 8 to 21 percent of the quota could be taken from June 29 through July 15, 2011, thus reaching or exceeding the 80-percent limit specified for a closure notice in the regulations. Accordingly, NMFS is closing the commercial non-sandbar LCS fishery in the Gulf of Mexico region as of 11:30 p.m. local time July 17, 2011. All other shark fisheries remain open. At § 635.27(b)(1)(ii), the boundary between the Gulf of Mexico region and the Atlantic region is defined as a line beginning on the East Coast of Florida at the mainland at 25°20.4′ N. lat, proceeding due east. Any water and land to the south and west of that boundary is considered, for the purposes of quota monitoring and setting of quotas, to be within the Gulf of Mexico region. During the closure, retention of nonsandbar LCS sharks in the Gulf of Mexico region is prohibited for persons fishing aboard vessels issued a commercial shark limited access permit under 50 CFR 635.4. Unless the vessel is properly permitted to operate as a E:\FR\FM\15JYR1.SGM 15JYR1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 300

[EPA-R04-SFUND-2011-0574; FRL-9438-4]


National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; 
National Priorities List: Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund 
Site

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Direct final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is 
publishing a direct final Notice of Deletion of the Hipps Road Landfill 
Superfund Site (Site), located in Jacksonville, Florida, from the 
National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL, promulgated pursuant to 
section 105 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, 
and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, is an appendix of the 
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). 
This direct final deletion is being published by EPA with the 
concurrence of the State of Florida, through the Florida Department of 
Environmental Protection, because EPA has determined that all 
appropriate response actions under CERCLA, other than operation, 
maintenance, and five-year reviews have been completed. However, this 
deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund.

DATES: This direct final deletion is effective September 13, 2011 
unless EPA receives adverse comments by August 15, 2011. If adverse 
comments are received, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal of the 
direct final deletion in the Federal Register informing the public that 
the deletion will not take effect.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID no. EPA-R04-
SFUND-2011-0574, by one of the following methods:
     http://www.regulations.gov. Follow on-line instructions 
for submitting comments.
     E-mail: miller.scott@epa.gov.
     Fax: 404-562-8896.
     Mail: Scott Miller, Remedial Project Manager, Superfund 
Remedial Branch, Section C, Superfund Division, U.S. EPA Region 4, 61 
Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, GA 30303.
     Hand delivery: Same address as listed above. Such 
deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of 
operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of 
boxed information.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID no. EPA-R04-SFUND-
2011-0574. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included 
in the public docket without change and may be made available online at 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be 
Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose 
disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you 
consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through http://www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The http://www.regulations.gov Web site 
is an ``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without 
going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you 
submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name 
and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any 
disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to 
technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA 
may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid 
the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of 
any defects or viruses.

Docket

    All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some 
information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statue. Certain other material, such 
as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only

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in the hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available 
either electronically in http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy 
at:U.S. EPA Record Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, 
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jacksonville Public 
Library, 6886 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210, Monday-Thursday: 10 
a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Miller, Remedial Project 
Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth 
Street, SW., Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 562-9120, email: 
miller.scott@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. NPL Deletion Criteria
III. Deletion Procedures
IV. Basis for Site Deletion
V. Deletion Action

I. Introduction

    EPA Region 4 is publishing this direct final Notice of Deletion of 
the Hipps Road Landfill (Site), from the National Priorities List 
(NPL). The NPL constitutes Appendix B of 40 CFR part 300, which is the 
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 
which EPA promulgated pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 
1980, as amended. EPA maintains the NPL as the list of sites that 
appear to present a significant risk to public health, welfare, or the 
environment. Sites on the NPL may be the subject of remedial actions 
financed by the Hazardous Substance Superfund (Fund). As described in 
300.425(e) (3) of the NCP, sites deleted from the NPL remain eligible 
for Fund-financed remedial actions if future conditions warrant such 
actions.
    Because EPA considers this action to be noncontroversial and 
routine, this action will be effective September 13, 2011 unless EPA 
receives adverse comments by August 15, 2011. Along with this direct 
final Notice of Deletion, EPA is co-publishing a Notice of Intent to 
Delete in the ``Proposed Rules'' section of the Federal Register. If 
adverse comments are received within the 30-day public comment period 
on this deletion action, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal of this 
direct final Notice of Deletion before the effective date of the 
deletion, and the deletion will not take effect. EPA will, as 
appropriate, prepare a response to comments and continue with the 
deletion process on the basis of the Notice of Intent to Delete and the 
comments already received. There will be no additional opportunity to 
comment.
    Section II of this document explains the criteria for deleting 
sites from the NPL. Section III discusses procedures that EPA is using 
for this action. Section IV discusses the Hipps Road Landfill Superfund 
Site and demonstrates how it meets the deletion criteria. Section V 
discusses EPA's action to delete the Site from the NPL unless adverse 
comments are received during the public comment period.

II. NPL Deletion Criteria

    The NCP establishes the criteria that EPA uses to delete sites from 
the NPL. In accordance with 40 CFR 300.425(e), sites may be deleted 
from the NPL where no further response is appropriate. In making such a 
determination pursuant to 40 CFR 300.425(e), EPA will consider, in 
consultation with the state, whether any of the following criteria have 
been met:
    i. responsible parties or other persons have implemented all 
appropriate response actions required;
    ii. all appropriate Fund-financed response under CERCLA has been 
implemented, and no further response action by responsible parties is 
appropriate; or
    iii. the remedial investigation has shown that the release poses no 
significant threat to public health or the environment and, therefore, 
the taking of remedial measures is not appropriate.
    Pursuant to CERCLA section 121 (c) and the NCP, EPA conducts five-
year reviews to ensure the continued protectiveness of remedial actions 
where hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants remain at a 
site above levels that allow for unlimited use and unrestricted 
exposure. EPA conducts such five-year reviews even if a site is deleted 
from the NPL. EPA may initiate further action to ensure continued 
protectiveness at a deleted site if new information becomes available 
that indicates it is appropriate. Whenever there is a significant 
release from a site deleted from the NPL, the deleted site may be 
restored to the NPL without application of the hazard ranking system.

III. Deletion Procedures

    The following procedures apply to deletion of the Site:
    (1) EPA consulted with the State of Florida prior to developing 
this direct final Notice of Deletion and the Notice of Intent to Delete 
co-published today in the ``Proposed Rules'' section of the Federal 
Register.
    (2) EPA has provided the Florida Department of Environmental 
Protection (FDEP) 30 working days for review of this notice and the 
parallel Notice of Intent to Delete prior to their publication today, 
and the state, through the FDEP, has concurred on the deletion of the 
Site from the NPL.
    (3) Concurrently with the publication of this direct final Notice 
of Deletion, a notice of the availability of the parallel Notice of 
Intent to Delete is being published in a major local newspaper, Florida 
Times-Union. The newspaper notice announces the 30-day public comment 
period concerning the Notice of Intent to Delete the Site from the NPL.
    (4) The EPA placed copies of documents supporting the proposed 
deletion in the deletion docket and made these items available for 
public inspection and copying at the Site information repositories 
identified above.
    (5) If adverse comments are received within the 30-day public 
comment period on this deletion action, EPA will publish a timely 
notice of withdrawal of this direct final Notice of Deletion before its 
effective date and will prepare a response to comments and continue 
with the deletion process on the basis of the Notice of Intent to 
Delete and the comments already received.
    Deletion of a site from the NPL does not itself create, alter, or 
revoke any individual's rights or obligations. Deletion of a site from 
the NPL does not in any way alter EPA's right to take enforcement 
actions, as appropriate. The NPL is designed primarily for 
informational purposes and to assist EPA management. Section 
300.425(e)(3) of the NCP states that the deletion of a site from the 
NPL does not preclude eligibility for future response actions, should 
future conditions warrant such actions.

IV. Basis for Site Deletion

    The following information provides EPA's rationale for deleting the 
Site from the NPL:

Site Background and History

    The twelve acre Hipps Road Landfill Site (EPA CERCLIS 
Identification Number FLD980709802) is located on the southeastern 
corner at the intersection of Hipps Road and Exline Road in 
Jacksonville Heights, Duval County, Florida. Landfill operations were 
conducted on approximately six acres of the Site. The Site is 
surrounded by a residential neighborhood. The Site's landfill area was 
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cypress swamp. In 1968, property owner G. O. Williams contracted with 
Waste Control of Florida (WCF) to fill the low-lying areas of the 
property. Landfill operations ceased in 1970 and were covered by soil. 
In the early 1980s, residents complained about unusual tastes and odors 
in private water wells, which led to investigations that identified 
groundwater contamination. The City of Jacksonville began to provide 
residents with bottled water for use as a potable water source. The 
City of Jacksonville completed the extension of a city water line to 
the affected area in October 1983 and by September 1985, all area 
residents were connected to the public water system. WCF acquired the 
residential properties in 1987. Waste Management Corporation (WM) 
inherited the Site property through its acquisition of WCF. Surface 
water is not used as a drinking water supply in the area. Surface 
waters nearby are used for recreational purposes such as swimming, 
boating, and fishing. There are no ecologically sensitive areas near 
the Site, which is situated above the 500-year flood plain. WM, the 
current landowners, have expressed interest in using the Site as a 
wildlife habitat area. The Site was proposed to the NPL in September 
1983 (48 FR 40674) and was finalized to the NPL on September 21, 1984 
(49 FR 37070).

Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS)

    In May 1986, EPA presented the results of the RI/FS, which included 
geophysical investigations, soil sampling, and groundwater sampling to 
characterize the Site. The results indicated that Site groundwater was 
the media of concern, and the migration of contaminants would occur in 
the lower sand aquifer located to the northeast of the landfill.
    The contaminants of concern (COCs) identified at the Site in the 
Site's 1990 ROD Amendment were bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, 
chlorobenzene, chromium, 1,4-dichlorobenzene, trans-1,2-
dichloroethylene, ethyl benzene, lead, naphthalene, and vinyl chloride. 
The risk assessment conducted during the FS concluded that none of the 
compounds detected in Site soil were present at concentrations of 
toxicological concern. The RI/FS was completed in September 1986.
    Seven groundwater and five soil remedial actions were retained for 
detailed evaluation in the FS and were evaluated based on the National 
Contingency Plan decision criteria found at 40 CFR 300.430(e)(9) and 
include nine separate criteria used to evaluate each combination of 
remedial alternatives.

Selected Remedy

    The ROD was released on September 3, 1986. The remedy for the Site 
included the following components:
     Proper landfill closure in a manner consistent with all 
applicable federal, state and local requirements.
     Recovery of contaminated groundwater with treatment at the 
publicly owned treatment works (POTW).
     Long-term monitoring of groundwater
     Operation and maintenance includes upkeep of the landfill 
cap, groundwater monitoring, and maintenance of the groundwater 
recovery system. O&M will continue for at least 20 years after the 
final groundwater recovery operation.
     Institutional controls may include, but are not limited 
to, fencing the site, continuance of the local well drilling 
prohibition, land use restrictions, grouting existing private wells, 
and public or PRP acquisition of private lands.
    In September 1990, EPA amended the ROD to provide for on-Site 
groundwater treatment and disposal as a more cost effective treatment 
alternative to disposal of groundwater to the publicly-owned treatment 
works (POTW). The 1990 ROD Amendment changed the remedy to the recovery 
of groundwater from five recovery wells; treatment of contaminated 
groundwater by air stripping; and the use of an on-Site holding pond 
for disposal of treated groundwater.
    In August 1994, EPA issued an ESD to alter the method by which the 
abandonment of private wells impacted by the Site groundwater was 
achieved. In June 1996, EPA issued a second ESD to address operating 
difficulties at the groundwater treatment system during excessive 
rainfall and/or effluent discharges. During this situation, the high 
water level switch in the holding pond would trigger a system shutdown. 
In an effort to keep the treatment system operational, the ESD allowed 
for the periodic discharge of treated groundwater to the local POTW 
during high water levels in the holding pond.
    In July 2004, EPA issued a third ESD, which changed the existing 
pump-and-treat recovery system to a monitored natural attenuation (MNA) 
plan to complete remediation of remaining groundwater contaminants.

Response Actions

    On May 22, 1989, the landfill closure design was completed. The 
Remedial Design used a standard municipal cap design consisting of:
    a. General earthfill cover to provide a crown over the landfill 
area with a minimum grade of 2.5 percent towards the perimeter of the 
landfill
    b. One foot of low-permeability clay having a permeability of 
1x10-6 cm/s or less
    c. Two feet of vegetative soil cover and vegetative cover
    The Remedial Action construction for both the landfill closure and 
groundwater treatment system began in October 1989 and was completed on 
September 2, 1993, as documented in the September 9, 1994, Preliminary 
Closeout Report. Construction of the landfill cap was completed in 
April 1990 and final inspection of the landfill cover was April 26, 
1990. The complete groundwater treatment system was constructed from 
May through August 1993. The groundwater treatment system included the 
installation of recovery wells, air-stripping system, and air blower 
system. Long-term groundwater monitoring began on March 15, 1994.
    As recommended in the 2001 MNA Pilot Study Report, the Remedial 
Goal Verification Plan (RGVP) monitoring program was replaced with the 
MNA long-term monitoring program beginning in September 2004. The MNA 
long-term monitoring program called for groundwater monitoring well 
sampling semi-annually.
    The wells included in the MNA long-term monitoring program 
fulfilled the following four purposes: (1) Confirm ongoing natural 
attenuation mechanisms; (2) ensure that benzene and vinyl chloride 
concentrations continue to be below cleanup goals; (3) monitor benzene 
and vinyl chloride in groundwater in areas in proximity to (or 
upgradient of) potential receptors; and (4) monitor the efficiency of 
the landfill cap. The MNA long-term monitoring program included the 
following tasks:
     Semi-annual hydraulic (water level) monitoring of 
piezometers, monitoring wells, and recovery wells, as specified in the 
RGVP.
     Semi-annual groundwater sample collection at upgradient 
wells TMW-1I and TMW-5I; side-gradient wells TMW-10I; and plume wells 
TMW-9I, TMW-13I, and RW-2 for analyses of volatile organic compounds 
(VOCs) via EPA Method 8260B. EPA approved discontinuing sampling and 
analysis of MNA long-term monitoring program wells TMW-7I, RW-3, TMW-
6I, and RW-1 on March 3, 2006. Concentrations of benzene and vinyl 
chloride detected in these monitoring wells were below ROD cleanup 
criteria for four or more

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consecutive quarters and satisfied the cleanup criteria for the RGVP 
and MNA monitoring program.
     Semi-annual field monitoring of the following parameters 
where groundwater samples were collected: dissolved oxygen, oxidation 
reduction potential, conductivity, pH, and temperature.
     Annual groundwater sample collection for the analyses of 
biogeochemical parameters and dissolved gases, and field analysis of 
alkalinity, sulfide, and ferrous iron.
    Groundwater monitoring occurred semi-annually and associated 
reports were submitted to EPA semi-annually. Off-Site wells were 
sampled until cleanup goals were achieved for four consecutive sampling 
events in February 2010.
    Since the Site's 2005 Five Year Review, the landfill cover, 
infiltration pond, and security fencing were inspected semi-annually; 
each Site inspection found that they were properly maintained. In 
addition, each semi-annual report has shown that:
     Site security, including a locked gate and perimeter 
fencing with appropriate notice signs, was in place.
     Stormwater management features were functioning as 
designed.
     The landfill cover was inspected.
     No adverse conditions were observed.
    The Site has two institutional controls in place that provide 
protection to potential receptors. The Site lies within a Florida 
Groundwater Delineation Area found at Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 
62-524, which restricts placement of new wells on the property and 
surrounding areas. This regulation was codified on March 25, 1990. The 
Site also lies within the jurisdiction of the St. John's River Water 
Management District (SJRWMD), which implements water supply well 
permitting controls and restricts groundwater withdrawals. A 
restrictive covenant recorded in the Duval County real estate records 
for the five parcels that constitute the Site restricts land use so 
that there would be no land disturbance which would effect the 
integrity of the final landfill cover or any component of the 
containment system without approval from the EPA Region 4 Regional 
Administrator. This restrictive convenant was recorded on January 24, 
1988.

Cleanup Goals

    Groundwater sampling data from September 2005 through September 
2009 has been reviewed to determine cleanup goal attainment. In 
addition, groundwater sampling results of three off-Site wells, TMW-91, 
TMW-131 and RW-2, were reviewed from November 2009 and February 2010. 
No COCs have been detected in any off-Site well since 2008. No COCs 
have been detected above cleanup goals in on-Site wells since the 2005 
Five Year Review.

        Table 1--Contaminants of Concern and Their Clean Up Goals
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                               Clean up
                                                                goals
                  Contaminants of concern                     ([micro]g/
                                                                  L)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benzene....................................................            1
Chlorobenzene..............................................          100
Chromium...................................................          100
1,4-dichlorobenzene........................................           75
Trans-1,2-dichloroethylene.................................          100
Ethyl benzene..............................................          700
Lead.......................................................           15
Naphthalene................................................          140
Vinyl chloride.............................................            1
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Through the Fifty-First Monitoring and Maintenance Report 
monitoring period which has groundwater monitoring data obtained from 
April 1, 2009 to September 20, 2009, only three MNA monitoring wells 
(TMW-91, TMW-131, and RW-2) had not achieved the ROD cleanup criteria 
of four consecutive sampling events with results below cleanup goals. 
Benzene was detected above the cleanup goal of 1 [micro]g/L in the 
three wells at concentrations ranging from 1.0 to 4.5 [micro]g/L. Vinyl 
chloride was detected above the cleanup goal of 1 [micro]g/L in RW-2 
once in October 2005 and in TMW-131 in March and September 2006 and 
March 2007. Additional sampling of TMW-91, TMW-131 and RW-2 was 
performed in November 2009 and February 2010. The March 2010 Final 
Monitoring and Maintenance Report and Site Delisting Request included 
the supplemental TMW-91, TMW-131, and RW-2 sampling results, which 
found no COCs above cleanup goals. No COCs were detected above cleanup 
goals in the February, September, and November 2009 and February 2010 
sampling. As of February 2010, all monitoring wells have met the ROD 
criteria of meeting cleanup goals for four consecutive monitoring 
events.

Operation and Maintenance

    Waste Management designed and implemented an Operation and 
Maintenance Plan to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the ROD 
remedial elements. This Operations and Maintenance Plan was submitted 
on May 17, 1994. This Plan addressed maintaining the integrity and 
effectiveness of the final cover, including repairing the landfill 
cover; maintenance and sampling of the groundwater monitoring network; 
and protecting and maintaining surveyed benchmarks associated with 
institutional controls.

Five-Year Review

    Since hazardous substances are present onsite above levels allowing 
for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure, statutory Five Year 
Reviews will be conducted by EPA every five years, pursuant to CERCLA 
Section 121 (c) and as provided in OSWER Directive 9355.7-03B-P, 
Comprehensive Five-Year Review Guidance (EPA, 2001). The purpose of 
these reviews is to ensure that the Site remedy remains protective of 
human health and the environment. The first Five Year Review at the 
Site was conducted in February 1996, the second in July 2000, the third 
in September 2005, and the fourth in July 2010.
    The Fourth Five-Year Review concluded that remedial actions at the 
Hipps Road Landfill Superfund Site are protective of human health and 
the environment in the short term, and exposure pathways that could 
result in unacceptable risks are being controlled. In order for the 
site to remain protective in the long-term, the Site needed to be 
assessed to determine if ICs are necessary to prevent inappropriate 
land use. Further analysis of existing groundwater use prohibitions 
related to the delineated areas and examination of the existing 
restrictive covenant indicate that all institutional controls needed at 
the Site have been implemented. EPA will complete the next Five Year 
Review by July 2015.

Community Involvement

    A public meeting was held on May 7, 1986, to present EPA's proposed 
plan for remedial action to the local community. Since that time 
community involvement activities, including community interviews, have 
occurred during each Five-Year review period (1996, 2000, 2005, 2010). 
Copies of site documents are in the designated Site repository at the 
Jacksonville Public Library, Webb-Wesconnett Regional Branch located at 
6887 103rd St., Jacksonville, Florida.
    Concurrently with the publication of this direct final Notice of 
Deletion, a notice of the availability of the parallel Notice of Intent 
to Delete is being published in a major local newspaper, Florida Times-
Union. The newspaper notice announces the 30-day public comment period 
concerning the Notice of Intent to Delete the Site from the NPL.

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Determination That the Site Meets the Criteria for Deletion in the NCP

    The NCP specifies that EPA may delete a site from the NPL if ``all 
appropriate responsible parties or other persons have implemented all 
appropriate response actions required'' or ``all appropriate fund-
financed response under CERCLA has been implemented, and no further 
response action by responsible parties is appropriate''. EPA, with the 
concurrence of the State of Florida through the FDEP by a letter dated 
April 22, 2011, has determined that the Site responsible party Waste 
Management has implemented all appropriate response actions required 
and no further response action is required. Therefore, EPA is proposing 
the deletion of the site from the NPL. All of the completion 
requirements for the site have been met as described in the Hipps Road 
Landfill Final Close Out Report (FCOR) dated April 21, 2011.

V. Deletion Action

    The EPA, with concurrence of the State of Florida through the FDEP, 
has determined that all appropriate response actions under CERCLA, 
other than operation, maintenance, monitoring and five-year reviews 
have been completed. Therefore, EPA is deleting the Site from the NPL.
    Because EPA considers this action to be noncontroversial and 
routine, EPA is taking it without prior publication. This action will 
be effective September 13, 2011 unless EPA receives adverse comments by 
August 15, 2011. If adverse comments are received within the 30-day 
public comment period, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal of this 
direct final notice of deletion before the effective date of the 
deletion, and it will not take effect. EPA will prepare a response to 
comments and continue with the deletion process on the basis of the 
notice of intent to delete and the comments already received. There 
will be no additional opportunity to comment.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 300

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Chemicals, 
Hazardous waste, Hazardous substances, Intergovernmental relations, 
Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Superfund, Water 
pollution control, Water supply.

    Dated: June 9, 2011.
A. Stanley Meiburg,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4.

    For the reasons set out in this document, 40 CFR part 300 is 
amended as follows:

PART 300--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 300 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321(c)(2); 42 U.S.C. 9601-9657; E.O. 
12777, 56 FR 54757, 3 CFR, 1991 Comp., p. 351; E.O. 12580, 52 FR 
2923; 3 CFR, 1987 Comp., p. 193.

Appendix B to Part 300 [Amended]

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2. Table 1 of Appendix B to part 300 is amended by removing ``FL'' 
``Hipps Road Landfill'', ``Duval County''.

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