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Staying Informed and Involved

Currently, there are no potential health concerns at the site. EPA welcomes the opportunity to improve our communication efforts by gaining feedback and suggestions from the public. We are committed to public involvement in the Superfund process and have conducted a public involvement program though out all phases of activities at the Central Wood Preserving Company Superfund Site. We will continue this practice by keeping the public updated with periodic information bulletins, fact sheets, Open Houses, Availability Sessions and public meetings as needed.

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Are there risks at the site now?

Risks and pathways addressed by the cleanup include health risks from people ingesting or touching contaminants in soil, sediment and groundwater.

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Sampling and Monitoring Information

The March 2005 Remedial Action Report documents the Remedial Action activities performed at the site, includes data from site confirmation sampling, and initiation of operation and maintenance (O&M) activities (SDMS #208164). The September 2000 Remedial Investigation Report documents site data collected during the site Remedial Investigation. The November 2000 Feasibility Study describes the screening, development, and comparison of remedial alternatives appropriate to address the nature and extent of contamination identified at the site.

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Emergency Response and Removal Program

Cleanup has also included removal actions, or short-term cleanups, to address immediate threats to human health and the environment. Removal actions in 1995 removed several structures, tank contents, containment basin contents and about 1,250 cubic yards of contaminated soil. Removal actions also sandblasted and backfilled the containment basin with soil.

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Redevelopment Activity

The 17-acre Central Wood Preserving Co. Superfund site is located in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. From the 1950s to 1973, the Central Creosoting Company operated a wood-treating facility at the site. Wood-treating products contaminated site soils, sediments and groundwater. In 1991, the company filed for bankruptcy and closed the facility. Initial cleanup actions included removing tanks and contaminated soils near the main facility and installing a fence around the site. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1999. Additional cleanup work includes treating contaminated soils, filling excavated areas with clean soil, replanting these areas and monitoring groundwater. EPA worked with the community to include future use considerations in site cleanup and restoration plans. When EPA placed the property on the NPL, the East Feliciana Parish Police Jury and EPA worked together to support a site redevelopment and reuse plan. The East Feliciana Parish reuse plan allowed for site grading and planting of Loblolly Pine seedlings, Cherrybark Oak trees and grasses. The Parish uses it as a staging area to hold brush and wood debris collected after hurricane/storm-related events, and from residential tree maintenance. The site is fenced with locked gates to prevent illegal dumping and unauthorized access.

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