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EPA Extends Public Comment Period on Cleanup Plan for the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Jacksonville, Fla.

Contact Information: 
Dawn Harris-Young (harris-young.dawn@epa.gov)
(404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Jacksonville, Fla. 

The public is encouraged to comment on Proposed Cleanup Plan. Written comments are due to be postmarked to EPA no later than midnight, Friday, November 11, 2016. Comments should be emailed to Robenson Joseph, EPA Remedial Project Manager at joseph.robenson@epa.gov or mailed to:

Robenson Joseph, EPA Remedial Project Manager

Atlanta Federal Center

61 Forsyth Street SW

Atlanta, GA 30303

The Proposed Cleanup Plan is available for your review during normal business hours at the Jacksonville Public Library, Brown Eastside Branch, 1390 Harrison Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206, phone (904) 630-5466.

EPA, in consultation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), will select a remedy for the Superfund Site after reviewing and considering the comments submitted during the public comment period.

Beginning in 1893, the Site was used to formulate, blend, package and distribute fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides by several companies, including Kerr-McGee. In 1978, the plant was permanently shut down. Except for several building foundations, all structures and equipment have been removed from the Site.

Numerous chemicals were used in the manufacturing process, including pesticides, metals, sulfuric acid, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs). These chemicals have contaminated soil on the Site and the adjacent JAXPORT and CSX properties, groundwater under and near the Site, sediment and surface water in the St. Johns River and Deer Creek, and surface water in the St. Johns River. Site contaminants (primarily pesticides and metals) are present in soil, sediment, groundwater, and surface water at concentrations that may pose a threat to human health and the environment.

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