Sites in Reuse in Mississippi
Davis Timber Company
The 30-acre Davis Timber Company Superfund site is located outside of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The site includes the area where Davis Timber Company operated a wood preserving facility from 1972 until the late 1980s. Site operators discharged contaminated wastewater into an on-site storage pond. The property owner reportedly backfilled and capped the pond in 1980. Site investigations found contamination in on-site soil and sediment. In 1987, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a fish consumption ban on waters near the site. EPA added the site to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2000. In 2009, EPA issued a cleanup plan. Cleanup activities include excavating and disposing of contaminated soil and sediment, controlling surface water flow at the site, placing land use restrictions to limit future land uses, and establishing a long-term monitoring program. EPA began cleanup activities in 2011. The agency capped a 3-acre portion of the site to permanently contain contaminated materials. EPA completed cleanup activities in September 2012, two months ahead of schedule and $400,000 under budget. The site owner donated a 3-acre portion of the site for use as a community center and polling location. The rest of the site is currently home to the Hub City Humane Society animal shelter. The shelter has eight mobile units for animals housing and educational programs. The organization plans to implement a wide range of community-oriented programs, especially for disadvantaged children and children with disabilities. The Humane Society is also working to introduce a shelter for abused horses and to expand their on-site facilities.
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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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