Superfund Site Profile
The Southern Maryland Wood Treating (SMWT) site was a wood treating facility located in Hollywood, St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The facility was in operation from 1965 until 1978. Twenty-five acres of the 94-acre property were utilized for wood treatment operations using creosote and pentachlorophenol (PCP). Process waste water was piped into six unlined lagoons located near the process buildings. The soil, groundwater and an adjacent stream became contaminated with the wood treating chemicals. The site operators abandoned the site in the early 1980s leaving behind the process equipment, deteriorating tanks of creosote and PCP, and all the contaminated environmental media.