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NPL Site Narrative for Moss-American Co., Inc. (Kerr-McGee Oil Co.)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Federal Register Notice:  September 21, 1984

Conditions at listing (September 1983): From 1946 until 1976, Moss-American Co., Inc., a division of Kerr-McGee Oil Co., treated railroad ties, telephone poles, and building materials with preservatives such as creosote on a 90-acre site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Creosote-soaked logs were stored and coated at several areas in the plant. As a result, creosote and other coal tar distillates contaminated the site. The old factory buildings were demolished in 1978, and creosote sludge and the most contaminated soils were excavated and sent to a disposal site in Illinois. Creosote-like compounds from past operations, however, continue to contaminate surface soil, ground water, and river sediments near the site, according to analyses conducted by EPA.

The site, a portion of which is owned by the Milwaukee County Parks Commission, is adjacent to the Little Menomonee River.

Status (June 1984): EPA is considering various alternatives for the site.

For more information about the hazardous substances identified in this narrative summary, including general information regarding the effects of exposure to these substances on human health, please see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ToxFAQs. ATSDR ToxFAQs can be found on the Internet at ATSDR - ToxFAQs (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/index.asp) or by telephone at 1-888-42-ATSDR or 1-888-422-8737.

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