The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the proposed cleanup plan for the American Creosote Works (ACW) Superfund Site in Pensacola. The meeting will be held at the Sander Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center April 26 at 6 p.m.
The ACW site is an 18-acre area that formerly served as a wood-treating facility from 1902 to 1981. According to the EPA: The former wood-treating facility used coal tar creosote and pentachlorophenol (PCP) in the treatment process. Four surface impoundments were located in the western portion of the ACW facility. The Main and Overflow ponds, located adjacent to L St., were used for disposal of process wastes. During operations, liquid process wastes were stored in the two unlined surface impoundments. Prior to 1970, waste water in these ponds presumably discharged through a spillway, flowed through the streets and storm drains into a ditch on the Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) property into Bayou Chico and Pensacola Bay. In later years, liquid wastes were drawn off the larger lagoons and collected in the smaller Railroad Impoundment and Holding Pond or were spread out on the ground on the facility. Additional discharges occurred during periods of heavy rainfall and flooding when the ponds overflowed the containment dikes. Contaminants found in the soil, sediment, and groundwater are a result of the spills, overflows, and facility operations.
During the public meeting, EPA staff will outline preferred cleanup plans. Public comments will also be taken; the public comment period begins April 22 and runs until May 22.
You may email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you prefer to submit written comments, please mail them, postmarked no later than May 22, 2017, to Pete Thorpe at US EPA, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, 11th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303.
For more information on the ACW Superfund site, and for the EPA’s plans for remediation, click here.