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Upcoming Sampling Event

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sampling event scheduled from January 7 to 17, 2019 was cancelled due to the partial government shutdown. This event has now been rescheduled for March 25- April 4. This event will execute vertical profile testing of the soil and groundwater in the Eastern Heights neighborhood. These results will be used to determine where the bulk of the contamination is located, determine the subsurface soil properties and the best locations to add new permanent groundwater monitoring wells for future sampling and response work.

EPA hosted two community information sessions on December 13, 2018 at the Grenada City Auditorium at 17 N Main Street, Grenada, Mississippi. The session's purpose was to show impacted residents a short PowerPoint presentation, with photos, of the type of machinery being used and what to expect during the sampling event. EPA coordinated with residents to minimize disruptions and scheduling conflicts. The first session was held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with the second session from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00PM. The same information was shared at each session.

The final NPL rule for Rockwell International Wheel & Trim Site was published in the Federal Register Thursday, September 13, 2018. All public comments made during the public comment period have been addressed and responses to the comments are in the NPL docket. Any questions or concerns about the rule or the docket can be directed to Cathy Amoroso 404-562-8637.

Here are the links to the HQ press release and to the pre-publication version of the final rule.

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Public Participation Opportunities

Public Meetings on Upcoming Sampling
Thursday, December 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grenada City Auditorium at 17 N Main Street, Grenada, Mississippi

These meetings were held as scheduled but the January 2019 sampling event was cancelled due to the partial government shutdown. Once the event is rescheduled all stakeholders will be notified.

Obtaining Information on the Proposed NPL Listing of Rockwell International Wheel & Trim (aka Grenada Manufacturing)

On January 18, 2018, the EPA proposed the addition of the Rockwell Grenada site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). The original 60-day public comment was extended by one week—ending on March 26, 2018. EPA considered public comments before making a final decision about adding the site to the NPL.

Materials compiled by EPA to propose the Rockwell Grenada site to the NPL can be obtained in several ways:

  1. Under "enter key word or ID" type in EPA-HQ-OLEM-2017-0608, which is the docket number for the Rockwell Grenada site. Click on "search" to see all documents.
  2. Contact the EPA Region 4 NPL Coordinator, Cathy Amoroso, at (404) 562-8637 or,  to have an electronic copy mailed to you. You may also call Ms. Amoroso to make an appointment to view electronic copies at the EPA Regional Library in Atlanta.
  3. Visit the local information repository to view the materials in person. The information repository is located at the Elizabeth Jones Library, 1050 Fairfield Avenue, Grenada, Mississippi.

All public comments made during the public comment period have been addressed and can be found in the NPL docket.

EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included a workshop, public notices, fact sheets, postcards, press releases, availability sessions and public meetings.

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Site News Archive

EPA started the remedial investigation (RI) in May 2018, beginning in the Eastern Heights neighborhood. The purpose of the RI is to fill data gaps to assess whether there are any risks posed to human health, and to identify the possible methods to clean up the contamination. Public Availability sessions were held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 15, 2018, before the RI was initiated. Grenada City Auditorium 17 N. Main Street, Grenada, Mississippi

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a Superfund Workshop for the community on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizen Center located at 299 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Grenada, MS. The workshop was held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop was to  provide an overview of the Superfund process which will be followed to clean up contamination at the Site and to inform the community about opportunities for community involvement and technical assistance resources.

On March 13-15, 2018 EPA conducted community interviews and listened to their concerns, responded to their questions, and asked residents for input in identifying additional areas that warrant investigation as part of the OU1 Remedial Investigation (RI) focused on Eastern Heights.

A public meeting was held on February 6, 2018, at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizen Complex, located at 299 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Grenada, Mississippi 38901. Approximately 175 people were in attendance. The public was provided information about the Superfund process, the removal action at Grenada Stamping and health risks associated with TCE. It was also an opportunity to ask questions. 

In consultation with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the EPA proposed the Rockwell International Wheel & Trim site (“Rockwell Grenada,” also commonly known as Grenada Manufacturing LLC) in Grenada, Mississippi, to the Superfund program National Priorities List (NPL). EPA will consider public comments before making a final decision about adding the site to the NPL. The original 60-day public comment was extended by one week and ended on March 26, 2018.

EPA has been overseeing the cleanup of the Rockwell Grenada site under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program. EPA’s priority is a comprehensive approach that addresses all contamination related to the former chrome plating operation at the facility and in the surrounding community. Adding the site to the NPL will allow EPA to conduct a comprehensive assessment of all the risks to public health and the environment, and take the necessary cleanup actions.

On December 29, 2017, a treatment system to reduce elevated levels of trichloroethene (TCE) inside the manufacturing building (commonly known as Grenada Stamping and currently operated by Ice Industries) was restarted under an EPA removal action. Removal actions are short-term responses intended to protect people from risks or potential risks associated with contaminated sites. The treatment system is operating with EPA oversight and monitoring. Except for the June 2018 exceedance at one location (B9), where an extraction pipe became seperated and was repaired, sampling to date shows the system is effective at reducing TCE to below risk levels. More information can be found under Emergency Response and Removal.

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