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TODAY: Hub City Humane Society Together with Chuck and Gayle Davis to Receive EPA Reuse Award

Contact Information: 
Davina Marraccini (marraccini.davina@epa.gov)
404-562-8293, 404-562-8400

ATLANTA - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will present the Region 4 Excellence in Site Reuse Award to Chuck and Gayle Davis, property owners, and the Hub City Humane Society for redeveloping the Davis Timber Superfund site in Hattiesburg, Miss. The award recognizes their commitment to safely and sustainably reusing the former wood treating property after EPA and the State of Mississippi completed cleanup activities in 2012.

Chuck and Gayle Davis and The Hub City Humane Society worked cooperatively with EPA, the State of Mississippi and local partners to return the 30 acre Davis Timber Superfund site to productive use as community-based animal shelter. In addition to serving as an adoption center for dogs and cats, future plans include a horse shelter, education center, dog park, community garden and nature trails. By reclaiming, restoring and reinventing the Davis Timber site, this project illustrates how the reuse of Superfund sites can protect human health, advance environmental protection and return formerly unusable properties into valuable community assets.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. CST


Franklin Hill, Superfund Division Director, EPA Region 4;
Carol Monell, Superfund Remedial Branch Chief, EPA Region 4;
Trey Hess, Groundwater Assessment & Remediation Division Chief, Mississippi Department of
Environmental Quality;
Chuck and Gayle Davis; and
Brenda Sumrall, DVM, Hub City Humane Society Board President


Breland Community Center
79 Jackson Road
Hattiesburg, Miss.

EPA Region 4 created the Excellence in Site Reuse Award to recognize those who have made outstanding efforts to reuse a Superfund site through cooperative efforts with EPA. Selected recipients have gone above and beyond to ensure sites are reused in a manner compatible with site remedies and that makes sites' beneficial use possible for many years to come.

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