Superfund Site: MACON NAVAL ORDNANCE PLANT
MACON, GA

Superfund Site Profile

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SITE BACKGROUND

The 433-acre Macon Naval Ordnance Plant site is located in Macon, Georgia. Guy Paine Road borders the site to the north, while the Armstrong World Industries facility borders the site to the west. To the south are located the Macon Water Authority’s Water Reclamation Facility, Rocky Creek, and the Remote Landfill, while Mead Road and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks borders the site to the east.

 

From 1941 to 1965, the U.S. Navy conducted ordnance manufacturing and metal plating at the site. In 1965, Maxson Electronics Corporation (Maxson) purchased the property and continued ordnance manufacturing. Maxson sold the property to Allied Chemical Corporation in 1973. Allied Chemical Corporation manufactured seat belts at the site from 1973 until 1981. The county purchased much of the site in 1980. Since 1980, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) has operated Allied Industrial Park at the site.  The MBCIA has sold or currently leases several old Navy buildings for commercial use, while other businesses have built new facilities at the site.

During the site's operational history, improper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous substances resulted in contamination of ground water, surface water, soil, and sediment. These materials included chemicals used during ordnance manufacturing and metal plating operations.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) conducted several investigations in the 1990s. These investigations included groundwater, surface water, soil, and sediment sampling. Further work by the USACE stopped when it became apparent that other parties, in addition to the U.S. Navy, were potentially responsible for the contamination found at the site.