Superfund Site Profile
The Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp – Columbus site is located in Columbus, Mississippi. This site includes the area where Kerr-McGee Chemical and its successor, Tronox Incorporated (Tronox), operated a chemical manufacturing facility from 1928 to 2003. EPA put the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2011 because of contaminated groundwater, sediment and soil caused by facility operations. EPA and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) have taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect the public and the environment from contamination. EPA led short-term cleanups in 2010 to remove contaminated soils from Hunt Intermediate School, Maranatha Faith Center and a residential property on Moss Street. EPA is leading an investigation to find all site-related risks to people and the environment. Most residents and businesses nearby use the public water system for drinking water. As part of its investigation, EPA plans to study residential and business locales to make sure no one is drinking contaminated water. EPA has also taken several steps to keep the community informed and involved in site-related activities.