"The Community Advisory Group is a way for people in the community to actively participate in the decisionmaking process at sites with Superfund and other environmental concerns. Citizens who are part of Community Advisory Groups can learn more about their site, get up-to-date information about cleanup status, ask questions, and discuss community concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state and tribal agencies, and other parties involved in cleanup or addressing other environmental concerns" according to EPA, 1998.
.The Memphis Town Community Advisory Group consists of Reverend Jamison, The Mayor of Columbus, A County Supervisor, Businessmen and Resodemts from the affected Neighborhood.
EPA to Consider the Kerr-McGee Chemical (Columbus) Site for Proposal to Superfund’s National Priorities List
Point of Contact: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, [email protected]
(ATLANTA – Oct. 1, 2010) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is moving forward with the process to propose the Kerr-McGee Chemical (Columbus) site to the National Priorities List (NPL) list of hazardous waste sites.
This decision is based on the bankruptcy filing of Tronox, LLC. A formal decision to propose the site may be made as early as March 2011, the date when a number of other sites across the nation are expected to be proposed to the NPL as part of the federal rulemaking process. Consideration to propose the site to the NPL does not guarantee that the site will be proposed, or, that the site will be listed on the final NPL.
A community meeting will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Lee Middle School Auditorium, 1815 Military Road, Columbus, MS, from 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. The purpose of this meeting is to present the Superfund Process to the community surrounding the site and does not pertain, in any way, to ongoing or future litigation/legal action related to former site activities.
The EPA Superfund Removal Program will continue efforts to identify the levels and extent of contamination in the community surrounding the site. The initial phase of this work will involve the collection of soil and sediment samples at properties near the drainage pathways associated with the site. Representatives from EPA will contact a select number of property owners to request property access for additional EPA sample collection. The sampling results will be evaluated by EPA to determine if further action, including additional sampling or cleanup, is necessary.
The results and findings will be shared directly with the property owners and tenants. Additional on-site investigation work may be conducted, as necessary, to determine the need for additional cleanup work on the former Kerr-McGee property. EPA is working with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to ensure that the existing ground water treatment network continues to operate.
The Kerr- McGee Chemical (Columbus) Site is comprised of approximately 90 acres, and is located at 2300 North 14th Avenue in Columbus, Mississippi. The facility was operational from approximately 1928 to 2003. While operational, Kerr-McGee manufactured pressure-treated railroad products such as wooden cross ties, switch ties, and timbers. The production processes at the site utilized creosote and creosote coal tar solutions to produce pressure-treated wood products. The facility also used pentachlorophenol (PCP) for wood-treating from the 1950s until the mid-1970s.
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In 1999 Reverend Steve Jamison during construction activities at Maranatha Church discovered Creosote. MDEQ responded with sample collection and analysis. Kerr McGee responded with sampling and analysis. The two did not match. MDEQ reported unacceptable levels of PAHs while Kerr McGee used another method designed to reduce the amount of contamination. MDEQ, EPA Region 4, ATSDR, Kerr McGee and the Lowndes County Court System conspired to violate the Civil Right of the Community, Maranantha Church and Reverend Steve Jamison. The actions of ATSDR, MDEQ, EPA Region 4, Kerr McGee a.k.a. Tronox and the Lowndes County Court System allowed a conspiracy to exist which placed an entire Community in Harms Way. MDEQ, EPA Region 4 failed in their Mission to protect the Community. The Infant Death Rate for Columbus is 4 times the national average. The effects of Creosote Contamination are devastating to this Community. To date EPA Region 4 has committed to returning to Columbus for a full scale Cleanup not just at Maranantha but throughout the Community. Therefore it appears that the Court Testimony documenting the Cleanup at Maranantha and Probst Park has been greatly exaggerated.
NRC Report #911621, Creosote Release, Columbus, MS
EPA OSC Rick Jardine, accompanied by START (TNA) and ERRS (WRS) deployed to the incident involving offsite migration of creosote and creosote-contaminated soils from a defunct wood treatment facility to a public area. According to reporting party, several stockpiles of this material located outside the property boundary within an area frequented by locals, including small children. MSDEQ referred incident to EPA due to current RCRA action being conducted at the treatment facility (suspected as source of release). OSC R. Jardine .915.5868
FOSC enroute to site. Update forthcoming.
Planned Removal Actions
FOSC will assess and determine appropriate actions needed to mitigate release and protect the environment/public welfare.