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EPA to Hold Public Meeting for the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters Site in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 11

09/07/2018
Contact Information: 
Dawn Harris-Young (harris-young.dawn@epa.gov)
(404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA (Sept. 7, 2018) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting for the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters (FSWT) site in Jacksonville, Fla. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The public meeting will focus on the recently completed cleanup at Susie Tolbert Elementary School and plans to clean up the 12-acre FSWT site and contaminated residential properties nearby beginning in 2019.

What:               Public Meeting for the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters site

Who:                EPA

                        Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

When:              Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Where:             Susie Tolbert Elementary School - Auditorium

1925 W 13th St

Jacksonville, Florida

Site Background

The Fairfax Street Wood Treaters site is in a predominantly residential area of Jacksonville owned by Fairfax Land Management, Inc., and was formerly used as a wood treating facility. From 1980 to 2010, the facility pressure-treated utility poles, pilings, heavy timber and plywood lumber products using the wood treating preservative chromated copper arsenate (CCA). Some of the CCA preservative dripped onto the ground during the wood treating, which resulted in soil and sediment contamination.  

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

More information on EPA's cleanup work at the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters (FSWT) site and https://semspub.epa.gov/work/04/11111592.pdf

Superfund Task Force. In May 2017 EPA established a task force to restore the Superfund program to its rightful place at the center of the Agency's core mission to protect health and the environment. epa.gov/superfund/superfund-task-force.