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EPA, FDEP and Multistate Trust to Hold Public Availability Session about Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp Site in Jacksonville, Fla. on April 19

04/16/2018
Contact Information: 
Dawn Harris-Young (harris-young.dawn@epa.gov)
(404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA (April 16, 2018) – Federal and state officials together with Multistate Trust representatives will hold a public availability session about the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp Superfund site in Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The availability session will feature exhibits and information about the upcoming site activities.

What:               Public Availability Session for the Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp Superfund Site

When:              Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:             1606 Walnut Street

Jacksonville, Fla.

Who:                U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust)

Availability Session – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Representatives of EPA, FDEP, and Multistate Trust will be available to provide updates on the current status of the site and answer questions related to the site. Members of the media should RSVP to harris-young.dawn@epa.gov.

Site Background

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 or created 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 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.

Under Administrator Pruitt’s leadership, the Superfund program has reemerged as a top priority to advance the Agency’s core mission of protecting human health and the environment.

For more information, visit the EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/kerr-mcgee-chemical-llc

Superfund Task Force. In May 2017 Administrator Scott Pruitt established a task force to restore EPA's Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the Agency's core mission to protect health and the environment. Click here to learn more.