What is Koppers
The 140-acre site is located in Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, approximately one mile east of U.S Highway 441. The site includes two properties: the Koppers area, covering 90 acres on the western side of the site, and the Cabot Carbon area, covering 50 acres on the eastern side of the site. Commercial businesses and apartments border the site to the north and south, undeveloped land borders the site to the east and single-family homes border the site to the west. The City of Gainesville’s Public Works Compound and Springstead Creek are located northwest of the site.
A wood treating facility operated on the Koppers portion of the site from 1916 until 2009. Cabot Carbon operated a charcoal production facility on the Cabot Carbon portion of the site. In 1984, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL). A shopping mall, car dealerships and several other stores and businesses currently operate on the Cabot Carbon portion of the site.
How is the Florida Department of Health Involved
Since 1987, the Florida Department of Health has received a grant from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). This grant funds a program to assess the public health risk from such sites. This is done with health assessment reports based on environmental data. To learn more about the health assessment process and to see past reports, you can visit the Florida Department of Health Hazardous Waste Sites web page. The Florida Department of Health and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry work jointly to protect the public's health.