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EPA Announces a Public Meeting on a Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters Site, located in Jacksonville, Fla.

Contact Information: 
Dawn Harris-Young (
(404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA – On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting concerning the proposed plans to clean up the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters (FSWT) Site, located in Jacksonville, Fla.  The meeting will be held at 7:00pm in the Emmett Reed Community Center located at 1093 W 6th St. in Jacksonville, Fla.

EPA is soliciting public comments on the proposed plan for 30 days beginning on May 1, 2017. A copy of the proposed cleanup plan and associated documents related to the site are available in the Administrative Record of the Information Repository housed at the Dallas James Graham Public Library located at 2304 Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, Fla.  Written comments should be submitted by May 31, 2017, to

Leigh Lattimore, EPA Remedial Project Manager

U.S. EPA, Region 4

11th Floor

61 Forsyth Street SW

Atlanta, Ga. 30303

For further information, please contact Ron Tolliver, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator toll free (877) 718-3752, directly (404) 562-9591 or via email

The FSWT site encompasses 12.5 acres in a predominantly residential area of Jacksonville, Florida. The FSWT site is owned by Fairfax Land Management, Inc., and was formerly used as a wood treating facility. From 1980 to 2010, Wood Treaters operated a wood treating facility that pressure-treated utility poles, pilings, heavy timber, and plywood lumber products using the wood treating preservative chromated copper arsenate (CCA). After drip drying in the process area, the treated wood was stored on the gravel areas along the northern, southern, and western portions of the property.  Based on knowledge of the process and the contaminants at the site, some of the CCA preservative dripped onto the ground, which resulted in soil and sediment contamination.

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