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Residential Cleanup Begins at the Picayune Wood Treating Site in Picayune, MS


Release date: 08/06/2007

Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353, [email protected]


(ATLANTA – August 6, 2007) EPA is currently conducting a removal action at the Picayune Wood Treating Site (the Site) in Picayune, Miss. The removal action is a short-term cleanup intended to stabilize the Site and remove hazards it may pose to human health and the environment. The removal action began the week of March 5, 2007. The scope of work was recently expanded to address contamination in the surrounding neighborhood.

A release of hazardous substances (creosote, pentachlorophenol, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, and dioxin) occurred at the Site and, as a result, has contaminated soil and groundwater. The planned removal action includes disposal of hazardous waste that was stockpiled on site, storm water improvements to prevent future offsite migration of contaminants, and removal of contamination from Mill Creek and residential properties adjacent to Mill Creek.

The removal action may take up to twelve months. The estimated cost for removal action, including current and prior removal actions begun in 1999, is $12,942,000.

The wood treating property is approximately 30 acres in size and is located in the City of Picayune at 403 Davis Street in a mixed residential, commercial, and industrial neighborhood. A wood treating facility operated at the Site for more than 50 years. It ceased operation in 1999.

EPA Assistant Administrator of OSWER Gathering Feedback from Picayune, Mississippi Community


Release date: 11/10/2009

Contact Information: Laura Niles, 404-562-8353, [email protected] or Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, [email protected]


(Atlanta, Ga. – November 10, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Assistant Administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), Mathy Stanislaus, will be visiting Picayune, Miss. Saturday, November 14, 2009, to meet with community members and take suggestions on improving transparency in EPA decision-making for hazardous waste cleanups in Mississippi and across the country. The city of Picayune and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) have partnered with EPA to sponsor this event.

The day’s activities will include an availability session for community members to meet with EPA, MDEQ and the city of Picayune., followed by the Community Listening Session with Mr. Stanislaus. Mr. Stanislaus will also tour the Picayune Wood Treating Superfund site and the Picayune Town Center, a Brownfields site.

Mr. Stanislaus has an extensive background working with communities to advance environmental protection through community collaboration. His goals for the visit to Picayune are to get feedback on how EPA’s process for developing and issuing policy, rules, or guidance can be more open to gain insight from community groups and citizens’ experience; how EPA can develop better strategies for handling waste or cleaning up contaminated sites; and how EPA can enhance or redesign the public processes used at individual cleanup sites so communities are more fully informed and consulted.

Attendees will include Mathy Stanislaus, EPA Assistant Administrator of OSWER; Stan Meiburg, EPA Acting Regional Administrator; Franklin Hill, EPA Region 4 Superfund Division Director; Trudy Fisher, Executive Director of MDEQ; and Ed Pinero, Mayor, City of Picayune (tentative).


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