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Davis Timber Company


Pond on Davis Timber site

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: MSD046497012
Location: Hattiesburg, Lamar County, MS
Lat/Long: 31.345190, -089.404460
Congressional District: 05
NPL Status: Proposed: 05/11/00; Final: 07/27/00
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Cleanup approach being designed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Unknown
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Site not in use, potential for commercial or light industrial
Site Manager: Scott Martin (martin.scott@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Davis Timber Company site includes the area where Davis Timber Company operated a wood preserving facility from 1972 until the late 1980s. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2000 because of contaminated ground water, soil and sediment resulting from facility operations. EPA and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. By cleaning up the site, EPA and MDEQ continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 30-acre site is located on Jackson Road, approximately six miles northwest of Hattiesburg in Lamar County, Mississippi. Areas of dirt, gravel and asphalt as well as grass and dense vegetation cover the site. Tree bark and wood chips cover a large portion of the site. A power line borders the site to the north, a recreational trail borders the site to the south, Jacksonville Road borders the site to the east, and a wetland and West Mineral Creek border the site to the west.

From 1972 until the late 1980s, Davis Timber Company operated a timber processing and wood preserving facility at the site. Operations included discharging wastewater into an on-site storage pond.

In 2000, EPA listed the site on the NPL. The site is not currently in use.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in soil and sediment that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from facility operations at the site. Contaminants of concern include dioxin and pentachlorophenol (PCP).

Contamination affected soil and sediment in East Mineral Creek. It is possible that site trespassers could  encounter contaminated soil and sediment. In 1987, MDEQ issued a fish consumption ban on waters near the site. MDEQ lifted the ban in 2001.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA leads site investigation and cleanup activities in cooperation with MDEQ.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 2009, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

EPA plans to demolish all structures on the site. EPA estimates that the cleanup will take out approximately 100,000 gallons of contamination from soil for treatment to remove dissolved contaminants. The Agency estimates that the cleanup will dig up 7,600 cubic yards of contaminated soil and 3,600 cubic yards of contaminated sediment. EPA estimates that the cleanup will place a total volume of 50,000 to 60,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and sediment in an impoundment area. EPA will then place a cap over the area and backfill and grade the area to address stormwater drainage.

The Agency also plans to move a 500-to-1,000-foot-long section of West Mineral Creek, located next to the impoundment area, approximately 200 feet farther west of its current location and construct an earthen retaining wall or berm structure between the western boundary of the impoundment area and the newly relocated portion of West Mineral Creek.

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD.

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Cleanup Progress

Physical remedial action construction activities began during October 2011 following receipt of remedial action funding through the President’s Jobs Initiative Program. Remedial action construction services were procured through the existing Region 4 Emergency Response and Removal Services (ERRS) contract.  Construction activities were completed in September 2012, and included the following:

Green Remediation Measures

The remedial action construction incorporated a number of green remediation measures through reuse, repurposing, ecological reuse and recycling of materials and onboard design optimization measures, including:

Fact sheet: supporting pollinator health at Davis Timber site (PDF) (2 pp, 1.7MB, About PDF)

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Enforcement Activities

EPA has been unable to identify any viable potentially responsible parties for the site. EPA is using federal funds for site cleanup activities.

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Community Involvement

EPA is working with the community and its state partner to develop a long-term cleanup plan for the site, reflecting the Agency’s commitment to safe, healthy communities and environmental protection. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.

EPA is conducting a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts include public notices and information meetings. EPA also held a public comment period to accept input on the cleanup plan.

In December 2011, EPA hosted an open house to share information about upcoming cleanup activities at the site.

Future Work

EPA will implement institutional controls, including land use restrictions and deed notices, for the capped area and the site property to limit future land uses. Following cleanup activities, EPA will implement a long-term monitoring program to make sure the remedy remains protective of people and the environment.


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Additional Information

EPA keeps additional site documents and information in a site information repository at the location below. EPA also posts site documents, when available, on EPA’s CERCLIS Site Profile page. For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.

Site Repository

Oak Grove Public Library
4958 Old Highway 11
Hattiesburg, MS  39402

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