Ready, Set, STOP!
Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund Site Cleanup
October 2004 EPA Update
EPA has completed the
Remedial Design for the selected remedy at the Brunswick Wood Preserving
site. A copy has been placed at the information repository (Brunswick
Library) for public review.
As part of the design,
more site soils will be excavated than had originally been planned. This
will result in a higher degree of protectiveness. The selected remedy
called for the excavation of those soils above a cleanup level set for
dioxin; these site soils would then be placed under the caps to be put on
top of the old creosote ponds. However, much more soils are needed to build
these caps. Rather than bring in clean soil from off-site for building the
caps, site soils with dioxin below the cleanup level will be used to build
the caps. Clean soil from off-site will then be used to grade the excavated
Remedial Action Funding
Due to funding
constraints, EPA cannot start long-term construction field work at every
site in the nation that is eligible for funding in the fiscal year. One
reason for this is that sites now coming into their construction phase are
larger and more complex, like the Brunswick Wood Preserving site. Sites are
thus prioritized nationally, based on several factors.
Although the Remedial
Design was anticipated for completion in September, the Brunswick Wood
Preserving site was not funded in FY 2004. The primary reason was that
other sites in the nation posed a greater risk to public health in their
current state. This means that remedial action will not begin in the first
quarter of FY 2005, as planned.
It is important to
recognize that although a site may not receive construction funding for
Remedial Action in a given year, EPA will always address imminent threats
through its emergency removal program, should site conditions change.
September/October, 2004 Groundwater Sampling
During the first week
of December 2004, EPA will conduct sampling of groundwater wells at
residences near the Brunswick Wood Preserving site, as part of its regular
annual sampling in the area. Testing done since 1991 has shown that deep
water beneath the bedrock has not been impacted by the site.
Brunswick Wood on the Internet
The Brunswick Wood
Preserving site has a new web site to keep the community informed. The
internet address is www.bwpnpl.org. In addition to interactive map tools
that can access the large amounts of data generated at the site, links have
been provided to the many site updates sent to the community since 2000.
EPA has received an
inquiry from a company interested in purchasing part of the Brunswick Wood
Preserving property. EPA responded in writing to the company’s inquiry on
August 5, 2004. A copy of that letter has been placed at the information
A meeting was held
September 2, 2004 at EPA’s Atlanta office, to discuss the company’s proposed
business activities and EPA’s planned remedial activities. The company is
interested in that portion of the site south of the old rail spur, for a
possible asphalt operation.