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Central Wood One of 11 Sites to Receive Superfund Funding

Release Date: 7/17/2003
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

      The Central Wood Preserving site in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, is one of 11 new sites nationwide to receive funding for Superfund cleanup this year. By prioritizing these sites based on public health risk, we are ensuring they are cleaned up first. Funding in the amount of  $5 million will be used to start the cleanup, further protecting human health and the environment from onsite contamination.  

      The Central Wood site is an abandoned wood preserving facility. Approximately 28,260 cubic yards of contaminated soil and sediment will be excavated from the site. Of this amount, approximately 9,200 cubic yards will be treated onsite. Ash from this treatment and approximately 19,060 cubic yards of arsenic contaminated soil/sediment will be sent to an offsite landfill.  

      "I am pleased that four Region 6 sites are slated for quick cleanup. We are committed to completing our cleanup work at Central Wood within the next year. Ultimately, this property will be available for redevelopment, bringing new jobs and a healthier environment to this community," EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene said.

      EPA will continue to work with potentially responsible parties to recover its costs at all Superfund sites. Historically, about 70 percent of Superfund cleanup activities have been paid for by responsible parties. There are currently 729 cleanup projects underway at 450 sites nationwide, 13 of which are in Louisiana.  

      More information about the Central Wood site is available on the Internet at