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Material Placement Area at the Flowood Superfund site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: MSD980710941
Location: Flowood, Rankin County, MS
Lat/Long: 32.300000, -090.145830
Congressional District: 03
NPL Status: Proposed: 09/08/83; Final: 09/21/84; Deleted: 02/16/96
Affected Media: Sediment, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL – physical cleanup activities have been completed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In continued use – industrial land uses are located on site 
Site Manager: Michael Arnett (arnett.michael@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Flowood site includes the area where various manufacturing facilities have operated since the 1940s. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated sediment and soil resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and United Gas Pipe Line Company, Continental Group, Rival Manufacturing and the Mannon Group, the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs), 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 undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, MDEQ and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 225-acre site is located in the wetlands and lowlands area of the Pearl River floodplain in an industrial area of Flowood, Rankin County, Mississippi. Industrial and commercial land uses border the site to the north and east. A forested area and a road border the site to the east. A forested area borders the site to the west. The nearest residences are located over a half-mile from the site. The Sonford Products Superfund site is located approximately one mile north of the site.

The Continental Forest Company owned and operated at the site’s northern facility from 1956 to 1983. In 1983, Stone Container Corporation purchased the facility and continues to operate at the site. The Marmon Group owned and manufactured ceramic tiles at the site’s southern facility from the 1950s until the early 1970s, when Rival Manufacturing Company purchased the facility and manufactured stoneware cooking pots until 2003.

In 1984, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1996. Flowood Warehousing, LLC purchased the area where facility operated in 2003 and transferred the property to Mr. Johnie Weems III in 2004. Mr. Weems currently uses the area for storage space. The United Gas Pipe Line Company currently owns the southwest portion of the site.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in sediment and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from operations at the site. Contaminants of concern include lead.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

United Gas Pipe Line Company, Continental Group, Rival Manufacturing and the Mannon Group, the site’s PRPs, lead site investigation and cleanup activities with oversight provided by EPA and MDEQ.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1988, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. EPA amended the plan in 1991 and 1993. The amended cleanup plan included the following activities:

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

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Cleanup Progress

In 1983, EPA investigated the site and discovered five areas containing elevated levels of lead contamination. Site PRPs placed approximately 47,000 cubic yards of treated materials under a cap on site. The PRPs completed cleanup actions in 1994. EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1996.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2011, found that the cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site’s PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continue to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA has worked 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 has conducted 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 have included public notices, interviews and information meetings.

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Future Work

Operation and maintenance activities as well as monitoring activities are ongoing.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2011 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2016.

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Additional Documents

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

Pearl Public Library
3470 Highway 80 E
Pearl, MS  39208

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