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Country Club Estates Agencies and Roles

Please be aware we are still compiling answers to all the questions received via notecard at the meeting and will be updating the website with the remaining answers very soon. Anyone who asked a question and provided contact information will be personally contacted by our office.

 

About the Agencies

What does the Florida Department of Environmental Protection do?

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the lead agency in Florida for environmental management. DEP’s mission is to protect, conserve, and manage Florida environment and natural resources. There are six DEP regulatory district offices throughout the state. DEP’s Central District Office is located in Orlando and serves Marion, Volusia, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard, and Indian River counties.

What does the Florida Department of Health do?

  • The Florida Department of Health (DOH) is the lead agency in Florida for public health services. DOH’s mission is to protect and promote the health of all residents and visitors in the state through organized state and community efforts, including cooperative agreements with counties. Each Florida County has a public health unit that works in conjunction with the Tallahassee DOH Headquarters.

What does the Volusia County Health Department (VCHD) do?

  • Volusia County Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health is a branch of public health and preventative medicine. It is concerned with the prevention of injury and disease by controlling the links between humans and their environment. Environmental health programs seek to minimize or eliminate risk factors in the human environment when they threaten life and health. The basic implementation of each environmental health program component includes public education, inspection, investigations, permitting and enforcement of public health laws.

What is DEP’s role?

  • DEP manages the Water Supply Restoration Program (WSRP) which provides for expeditious restoration or replacement of potable water systems or private wells where health hazards exist due to contamination.
  • DEP's Site Investigation Section (SIS) conducts environmental assessment througout the State of Florida. SIS is actively conducting an investigation in the area of Country Club Estates, DeLand.

What is DOH’s role?

  • DOH provides scientific expertise to determine if a cluster, or an unexpected increase or grouping of cancers is present in a community. Collaborating with state and federal partners, DOH seeks sources or causes for these increases.

What is VCHD’s role?

  • VCHD establishes the well sampling schedule in accordance with the protocol established in the Department of Health’s’ Well Surveillance Program Technical Guide. VCHD collects samples and reviews laboratory reports.
  • VCHD permits and monitors public drinking water suppliers in Volusia County to ensure compliance with the safe drinking water act.
  • VCHD answers dieldrin’s health effects questions and communicates health information to the community. See www.volusiahealth.com for more information.



Site Investigation

Did DEP investigate the community's ideas about potential sources of contamination?

  • Yes. Some residents were concerned about illegal dumping of dieldrin in sinkholes, a local golf course as a source, reclaimed water as an irrigation source on a cow pasture and individual water well concerns. In many cases, DEP staff took soil samples and tested based on those concerns.

Did DEP collect any soil samples as part of the site investigation?

  • Yes. During the course of this study, SIS collected over 200 soil samples from various locations across the site. The purpose of these soil samples was to determine whether historical application of dieldrin had occurred.
    • 34 soil samples were collected from the golf course.
    • 120 soil samples were collected from residences with 90 of these collected from lawns and the remaining 30 from beneath the foundation of homes.
    • 4 soil samples were collected from a topographically low area located in the central portion of the neighborhood near Pennsylvania Drive as several residents reported concerns that illegal dumping of dieldrin had occurred at this location.
    • 4 samples were collected from pasture located on East Taylor Road with the purpose of determining whether the usage of reclaimed irrigation water with detectable levels of dieldrin had any measurable impact on soils.
    • 39 soil samples (from 17 locations) were collected at the former Aaron Pest Control site

Will DEP be cleaning up the dieldrin soil contamination at my home?

  • No. When a pesticide such as dieldrin is present as the result of proper use of a product, DEP typically does not require cleanup. DEP has no funding to conduct a cleanup under these circumstances.

Will DEP remediate the ground water contamination?

  • We want to be clear – public health is always our top concern. Although DEP will not perform ground water remediation, homeowners with water deemed unsafe to drink due to dieldrin contamination are eligible for assistance from DEP’s Water Supply Restoration Program. DEP’s goal is to provide a safe, alternative source of drinking water for the community. The installation of city water lines into the community makes public water available to anyone in the community who would like to connect.

My neighbor’s well has very high levels of dieldrin; my well was deemed safe to drink. Why is there a difference when our wells are located near one another?

  • There are many factors which contribute to varied results from parcel to parcel. Most commonly, well construction and integrity as well as lack of separation of shallow ground water from deeper ground water account for these differences. SIS determined contaminated potable wells are distributed in an apparently random pattern throughout the neighborhood. There are a few areas, such as along Harvard Road and Yorkshire Drive, where the distribution of contaminated wells appears to be more concentrated, however, in most instances, wells free of dieldrin are distributed amongst contaminated wells.

  • Data collected provides evidence that water produced from dieldrin-contaminated supply wells is a mixture of shallow and deep ground water. It is the opinion of SIS that in some cases corroded well casings and un-grouted annular spaces in supply wells are allowing for the downward migration of shallow ground water with dieldrin into many of the supply wells in the neighborhood. In other cases, lack of separation of shallow ground water from deeper ground water used for drinking water is causing dieldrin contamination of drinking water wells.

Has DEP set any standards for acceptable levels of dieldrin contamination in soil in Country Club Estates?

  • DEP does not have statewide soil standards. However, when cleanup is required as a result of a spill or dumping of a chemical onto the ground, Soil Cleanup Target Levels (SCTLs) are used to determine when cleanup is complete. There are two types of SCTLs for each contaminant:
    • Direct Exposure-based SCTLs that are established to protect people who may have direct skin contact or incidental ingestion of contaminated soil. The DEP does not generally enforce Direct Exposure-based SCTLs when a pesticide is present as a result of proper use of a product.
    • Leachability-based SCTLs that are established to prevent contaminants that are in the soil from leaching into the groundwater as rain water passes through the contaminated soil. The Leachability-based SCTLs may be enforceable if dumping, spilling, or misapplying a pesticide can be linked to groundwater contamination.

 What laboratory does DEP’s use for samples collected as part of the site investigation?

  •  Samples collected as part of the site investigation will be analyzed by DEP’s central laboratory in Tallahassee.

 Is there a DEP web page for the Site Investigation Section?

Where can the final SIS report be found?


DEP's Water Supply Restoration Program

What is DEP’s role when dieldrin results are greater than 0.002ug/L in a private well?

  • DEP’s Water Supply Restoration Program is providing an alternative source of potable water to homeowners with dieldrin levels at or above the State’s Health Advisory Level. Homeowners with results equal to or greater than 0.002 ug/L are notified by letter of their eligibility for the Water Supply Restoration Program. Homeowners who elect to participate are provided bottled water coupons until a filtration system or connection to public water can be completed.

As part of the WSRP, do homeowners pay for filters and connection to city water?

  • The expense of filter installation and/or connection to city water for eligible property owners is covered by the Water Supply Restoration Program. Homeowners who would like to connect to the City of Deland’s public water system will be required to submit an application for water service with the city. Once the connection is complete, the homeowner will be required to pay monthly water bills.

Are homeowners required to participate in the program?

  • No. DEP’s Water Supply Restoration Program is a voluntary program.

How does a homeowner enter into the program?

Can homeowners with dieldrin results less than 0.002 ug/L participate in the program?

  • No. Potable wells with less than the health advisory levels are deemed safe to drink from, thus they are not eligible for the program.

Is there a DEP web page for the water supply restoration program?


New graphicSite Investigation Section (SIS):

The Site Investigation Section Report with appendices and Appendix A part 1are large files.  These may load slowly.

 


 

Last updated: July 20, 2012

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