The City of Hialeah Training Facility is located at:
7590 West 24th Avenue Hialeah, FL 33012
Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) has been used at this facility and is currently being stored on-site. Presently and for the past few years, the product Fire Aide has been applied. Prior to that product, Universal Gold was used at the facility. The foams were and are currently spent on impervious surfaces with some run-off collecting into a municipal storm drain. Drinking water is provided by the municipality.
A preliminary site assessment was conducted on February 13, 2020. Groundwater, soil and sediment samples were collected for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These analytes are associated with firefighting aqueous film forming foam (AFFF).
The results of this initial sampling indicated that on-site groundwater was contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) at concentrations above the provisional ground water cleanup target level; soil samples were also impacted by PFOA and PFOS at concentrations above DEP’s provisional soil cleanup target levels.
DEP advised the Florida Department of Health of these results and directed them to develop and implement a community sampling plan. DEP will continue to work with the City of Hialeah to develop a cleanup plan to remove or contain the contamination to prevent environmental impact and human exposure.
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