Superfund Site Profile
The Red Panther Chemical Company site is located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. It includes the area where the Red Panther Chemical Company operated a pesticide formulation plant from 1949 to 1996. The site also includes off-site residential properties affected by contamination from the plant. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2011 because of contaminated soil resulting from facility operations.
EPA, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. From 2002 to 2005, the PRPs removed more than 7,400 tons of contaminated soil from the Red Panther Chemical Company property as part of a short-term cleanup action. EPA plans to negotiate with site PRPs to plan for an extensive investigation to identify all remaining site-related risks to people and the environment. EPA has also taken several steps to keep the community informed and involved regarding site-related activities.