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Ash PhotoJacksonville Ash Sites

From the 1890s through the early 1970s, the City of Jacksonville operated a number of municipal solid waste incinerators.  Disposal of ash material generated by burning solid waste at city-operated incinerators occurred on city and private property in Jacksonville's Northside and Southside neighborhoods.  It is also possible that ash was taken elsewhere for disposal although details remain unknown. 

Ash Site locationsThere are 8 identified ash sites in Jacksonville.  Four sites are overseen by the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the other four sites are overseen by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

     FDEP      EPA

Sites Overseen by the DEP:


Southside Incinerator Ash Site MapSouthside Incinerator Site

The Southside incinerator site is located in the southeastern portion of Jacksonville and consists of a parcel of property where the former incinerator was located, and 3 parcels to the west of the former incinerator where ash was deposited.

Ash material from the Southside Incinerator were deposited at an ash disposal site adjacent to the incinerator site. Together, the ash disposal site and the property on which the incinerator operated are referred to as the Southside Incinerator Site and is located on approximately 9 acres. The main portion of the site where the former incinerator was constructed is approximately 4.9 acres. Incinerator ash is present on at least 3 adjacent parcels that total approximately 3.2 acres. These parcels are located adjacent to the west side of the former incinerator property.

More Information:
DEP Contact:
Emerson Raulerson (Emerson.Raulerson@dep.state.fl.us)
904-256-1581

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Pope Place MapPope Place

The Pope Place Ash Site consists of 5 parcels located at the end of Pope Place and Bagley Road in Duval County. The site is bordered to the north by the Ribault River, the east by residential Development and Cypress Inn Drive, the west by undeveloped wooded land and to the south by residential developments.

Based on the contamination assessment conducted at the Pope Place Ash Site, lead and arsenic, typically associated with incinerator ash, are present at the site and there are currently no indications that groundwater is impacted.

More Information:
DEP Contact:
Emerson Raulerson (Emerson.Raulerson@dep.state.fl.us)
904-256-1581

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Gold Merit MapGold Merit

The Gold Merit Ash Site consists of a 33 acre parcel adjacent to the Pope Place Ash Site. The site is bordered to the east by the Pope Place Ash Site, the south by Francis Street, the west by New Kings Road and the north by the Ribault River. Ash is present on the surface of much of the site. Based on the contamination assessment conducted at this site, lead and arsenic, typically associated with incinerator ash, are present at the site and there are currently no indications that groundwater is impacted.

More Information:
DEP Contact:
Emerson Raulerson (Emerson.Raulerson@dep.state.fl.us)
904-256-1581

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Burke Street/Cherokee Street

Due to the close proximity of the Burke Street and Cherokee Street Ash Sites, the assessment and remediation of these two sites has been combined.

The Burke Street site is located on approximately 10 acres in a commercial/industrial area. The property is bordered by CSX property and rail lines to the north; vacant land with heavy vegetation and trees (Hollybrook Park) to the south; a small tributary (Westbrook Crede) to the east; and an automobile repossession business to the west.

The Cherokee Street site is located on approximately 5.3 acres in a commercial/residential area. The area of investigation is located in Hollybrook Park, adjacent to the intersection of Cherokee Street and Spencer Street on the bank of McCoys Creek. The property is bordered by Fitzgerald Street to the north, Edison Avenue to the south; private residences to the east, and Cherokee Street to the west.

More Information:
DEP Contact:
Emerson Raulerson (Emerson.Raulerson@dep.state.fl.us)
904-256-1581

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Sites Overseen by the EPA:


Forest Street Incinerator

The Forest Street Incinerator site assessment and remediation is being overseen by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. This site is 10.5 acres and is bordered by Forest Street to the south, McCoys creek Boulevard to the north, Margaret Street to the east and Goodwin Street to the west.

More Information:
EPA Contact:
Joe Alfano
EPA Region IV
Waste Management Division
404-562-8951

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5th & Cleveland Incinerator

The 5th and Cleveland Incinerator site assessment and remediation is being overseen by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. This site consists of 9 acres and is located northeast of the intersection of 5th Street and Cleveland Street.

More Information:
EPA Contact:
Joe Alfano
EPA Region IV
Waste Management Division
404-562-8951

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Lonnie C. Miller Sr. Park

The Lonnie C. Miller Sr. Park site assessment and remediation is being overseen by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. This site is located on Price Road, east of the intersection of Moncrief Road and Soutel Drive. This site occupies approximately 200 acres.

More Information:
EPA Contact:
Joe Alfano
EPA Region IV
Waste Management Division
404-562-8951

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Brown's Dump

The Brownís Dump site assessment and remediation is being overseen by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. This site is in an area covering approximately 50 acres located north of West 33rd Street, west of Pearse Street and south and east of Moncrief Creek.

More Information:
EPA Contact:
Scott Martin,
EPA Region IV
Waste Management Division
404-562-8916

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The FDEP Remediation Process

Consent Order

Through a Consent Order with DEP, the City of Jacksonville has agreed to study the extent of any contamination stemming from the incinerator operation and follow up with necessary remedial (clean-up) action. The City will follow a series of steps to address any possible contamination problems.

Contamination Assessment Plan (CAP)

The City of Jacksonville has employed registered professionals to assess the extent of contamination. The purpose of the CAP is to propose methods to characterize the type of contamination present and delineate the width and depth of that contamination.

Using various testing and analysis methods, the Cityís consultant will propose assessment of wells, ground and surface water, sediments and soils for metals and organic chemicals and will investigate the potential for further degradation of affected water sources.

Contamination Assessment Report (CAR)

Once the community has commented on the Cityís CAP and following DEPís approval, the City will collect data according to the procedures outlined in the CAP and report its findings to the DEP. If additional assessment work is necessary, the City will propose and implement it.

The CAR defines the types, concentrations and limits of contamination. If contaminants in the environment are found at levels that pose a threat to human health or the environment, then the City is responsible for cleaning up the affected areas. Ultimately, the CAR provides a recommendation for further action, such as:

  • No Further Action if there is no threat to community health or the environment;
  • Monitoring Only Plan if the site only needs to be watched for signs of contamination;
  • Risk Assessment/Justification proposal if the City wants to clean up to standards other than FDEPís;
  • Feasibility Study to assess clean-up possibilities and identify current treatment, containment, removal and disposal technologies. The City may review and select potential remedial alternatives according to any of the following criteria:
  • Long and short term environmental effects;
  • Reliability;
  • Feasibility;
  • Time required to achieve clean-up;
  • Implementability;
  • Capital costs;
  • Operation and maintenance costs and requirements;
  • Potential legal barriers to implementing any of the alternatives
  • The Feasibility Study is followed by a Remedial Action Plan. This includes an evaluation of the proposed remedial alternatives, clean up methods and an evaluation of the site following cleanup.

Following public input and upon direction from DEP, the City and its consultants will begin the clean-up, eliminating exposure pathways and returning usability to the property.

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Helpful Contacts

Florida Department of Health Contact

Dr. Aaron Hilliard (Aaron_Hilliard@doh.state.fl.us)
Environmental Health Director
904-665-2400

City of Jacksonville

Chris Pearson (ChrisP@coj.net)
Division of Solid Waste Sanitary Services
904-387-8909


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Last updated: November 15, 2011
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