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One Site in Southeast Finalized for Inclusion on EPA's Superfund List

Release Date: 07/21/2004
Contact Information: Laura Niles, (404) 562-8353,
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added one site in the Southeast to the Superfund National Priority List (NPL) of hazardous waste sites. The Southeastern site included is the Picayune Wood Treating site in Picayune, Mississippi. Nationally, nine sites were added for the inclusion on the NPL. The NPL identifies abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites that warrant remedial (long-term) action. The Picayune Wood Treating (Picayune) facility is located at 403 Davis Street in Picayune, Pearl River County, Mississippi. Picayune encompasses approximately 29.1 acres. Areas evaluated at Picayune include an unknown quantity of contaminated soil located throughout the facility, and results for on-site surface and subsurface soil samples have indicated the presence of inorganic and organic contaminants including arsenic, chromium, copper, lead, cyanide, and benzene.

EPA identifies and ranks NPL sites according to threats to nearby populations through actual or potential contamination of groundwater, surface water or air. The sites are eligible for cleanup funded under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA).

EPA's goals for the Superfund program are to: address the worst sites and the worst problems first; make sites safe by immediately controlling acute threats to people and the environment; and develop and use new technologies for more effective cleanups. Detailed information regarding the site may be obtained by contacting the RCRA/Superfund Hotline at 1-800-424-9346 or accessed through the Superfund home page under the Site Information Section at