Superfund Sites in Reuse in Mississippi

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Davis Timber Company

The Hub City Humane Society animal shelter on siteDavis Timber CompanyThe 30-acre Davis Timber Company Superfund site is located outside of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. From 1972 until the late 1980s, Davis Timber Company operated a wood-preserving facility at the site. Site operators discharged contaminated wastewater into an on-site storage pond, contaminating soil and sediment. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2000. EPA performed cleanup activities at the site between 2011 and 2012. Cleanup activities included digging up contaminated soil and sediment, containing waste under a 3-acre capped area, controlling surface water flow and controlling erosion. Prior to selection of a cleanup plan for the site, the site owner participated in a reuse assessment with the community and local government. The reuse assessment determined the types of reuse the site could potentially support. Based on the results of the assessment, the site owner donated a 3-acre portion of the site for use as a community center and polling location. The Hub City Humane Society operates an animal shelter on the rest of the site. The organization plans to build a shelter for abused horses and to expand their on-site facilities. Plans also include implementing a wide range of community-oriented programs, especially for disadvantaged children and children with disabilities.
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Flowood Site

The 225-acre Flowood site is located in the wetlands and lowlands area of the Pearl River floodplain in an industrial area of Flowood, Mississippi. Over the last 60 years, two manufacturing facilities operated on the site, changing owners and operations several times. For over 20 years, plant operators discharged polluted wastewater into a nearby canal without a state permit. The state asked EPA to study the area, and the Agency found high levels of lead in the canal water, sludge and soils. In 1984, EPA listed the site on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). EPA worked with the state and the facility owners to remove contaminated soil and monitor the ground water. The cleanup and improved disposal practices protected area residents and nearby ecological resources while enabling industrial facilities to continue to operate, retaining jobs and income in the community. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1996. The Stone Container Corporation purchased the northernmost site facility 1983 and operates there today, manufacturing corrugated boxes. A private individual took over the southernmost facility for use as storage space in October 2003 and the United Gas Pipe Line Company currently owns the southwest portion of the site.
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