Thursday, May 31, 2012

Environmental Update-Boca Teeca South Golf Course

The Ocean Breeze golf course in the Boca Teeca subdivision of Boca Raton has been under review by the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) for several years and the latest update was filed by the DEP in May 2012. The DEP has determined that the area on the South golf course has elevated levels of Chemicals of Concern (COC) which are at levels that EXCEED the "residential" Soil Clean up Target Levels (SCTL).

These COCs include arsenic, dieldrin and polynucleararomatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) within the maintenance area and other areas within the present golf course configuration. Arsenic is a known cancer agent that is common in many golf courses in South Florida as a result of long term use of herbicides, but elevated levels have been determined to be at levels that make this land unsuitable for residential development, as previously approved by the city of Boca Raton.

According to the DEP the next course of action should be the submittal to the DEP by the property owner/receiver of a Soil Remedial Action Plan that addresses the COC exceedances in the soil. The remedial strategy could be the removal and proper disposal of the affected soil and include implementation of a Best Management Plan that would encompass the continued use of the property in the vicinity of the chemical storage/maintenance area. Should remediation not prove feasible, site closure cold be accomplished by the use of engineering and/or institutional controls per Florida statutes.

In addition to the soil remedial strategies presented above, a Natural Attenuation with Monitoring (NAM) plan (groundwater monitoring) should be submitted to the DEP to address the elevated concentration of arsenic in monitoring well location previously identified.