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Southern Maryland Wood Treating

Soil Treatment Progress

Water Treatment Systems

Other Site Happenings

Cleanup Continues

The Southern Maryland Wood Treating (SMWT) Site operated as a wood treating facility from 1965 until 1978. These operations resulted in creosote and pentachlorophenol contamination in soil and groundwater at the site.

In 1986, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed the abandoned SMWT property on the National Priorities List, making it eligible for federal funding to study and clean the property. The first phase of cleanup began in 1988. After extensive studies by EPA and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), and in collaboration with local residents and officials, a final cleanup plan was selected in 1995.

Construction work began in 1998 and is ongoing under oversight of EPA, MDE, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Cleanup is expected to be completed in 1999. This fact sheet provides a brief update of ongoing work, milestones and other site-related happenings.

Additional Site Information

For further information about the SMWT Site, please contact:

Carrie Deitzel (3HS43)
EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(800) 553-2509 (215) 814-5525 deitzel.carrie@epa.gov

Eric Brandt
USACE Project Manager
(301) 373-5471

To review site documents:
St. Mary's County Library
23250 Hollywood Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650
(301) 475-2846

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