Broward is home to one of the nation’s worst hazardous waste dumps. What will it take to clean it?

After decades of delays, an estimated 100,000 gallons of oil and other pollutants continue to slosh around under the ground in southern Broward County, one of the nation’s worst hazardous waste dumps.

The mess, created by a used-oil refinery and oil storage center in the 1950s and ’60s, lies not far from drinking wells used in Hollywood and Hallandale Beach. It was discovered 40 years ago when oil started to bubble up in a parking lot.

Now the owner of the property, who bought it unwittingly, thinks the time has come to clean up the contamination. A judge agrees, but the work still might not begin for years.

U.S District Judge Beth Bloom last week ordered the federal government to establish a timetable by Aug. 22 — and yearly after that.

That was one year before Cornfeld spotted oil in the parking lot and called the EPA.

The EPA determined in 1980 that the groundwater and soil were contaminated. The site made the federal government’s super fund list in 1987 as one of the nation’s worst hazardous waste dumps.

Although the former dumping pit was about 2 acres, the pollutants eventually spread out by 7 acres, Pembroke Park officials said.

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