Site assessment activities as part of the FDEP Low Score Site Initiative Program

  • Location: Fort Myers, FL

The Elementary School property was listed on the FDEP site cleanup list due to historical information that indicated that the Site may have been
impacted by the underground storage tank used to power the school’s boilers. In
order to determine if the Site was actually impacted, AMRC conducted historical
research by reviewing the STCM and OCULUS databases for historical assessment
activities at the site. Based on the historical documentation, AMRC personnel
conducted soil sampling activities including the advancement of 12 soil borings
using hand auger and direct push technology. Soils were field-screened for OVA
responses and select samples were submitted to a laboratory for analysis. The
analytical results of the soil samples revealed the presence of low levels of
Polynucleic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Therefore, AMRC developed a sampling
protocol to determine if the exceedances could be explained by anthropogenic
causes. In conjunction with the soil sampling activities, AMRC performed
groundwater sampling activities consisting of the installation and subsequent
sampling of four monitoring wells. All sampling was conducted in accordance
with the applicable FDEP Standard Operating Procedures and submitted to the State
of Florida approved analytical laboratory for analysis. Both soil and groundwater
samples were laboratory analyzed by EPA Methods 8260, 8270, and laboratory
method FL-PRO (TRPH). Based on the results of this sampling and analysis,
AMRC recommended that the Site should be granted a Site Rehabilitation
Completion Order (SRCO) thus reassuring the parents and faculty that the school
was not contaminated by petroleum-related constituents.