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Contaminated Broward Waste Site Targeted For ‘Immediate Intense Action’

Robert Azmitia
Sun Sentinel
A historical photo of Petroleum Products Corp., a former oil waste recycling company at 3130 SW 19th St. in Pembroke Park.

A heavily contaminated waste site in southern Broward County will go on a federal list for expedited cleanup, after decades of work failed to remove thousands of gallons of oil and other pollutants from the soil.

The Petroleum Products site in Pembroke Park had been used for recycling used oil, which leaked from unlined pits, contaminating the ground. A federal judge ordered the Environmental Protection Agency in April to come up with a timetable for cleaning it up, and on Monday the EPA announced the site would go on the Administrator’s Emphasis List for “immediate intense action,” as reported by the Sun Sentinel.

“The addition of the Petroleum Products site to the Administrator’s Emphasis List reflects EPA’s ongoing commitment to addressing Superfund sites in the southeast as quickly and safely as possible," said Mary S. Walker, the EPA’s southeast regional administrator, in a written statement.