Brunswick Wood Preserving: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:42 by admin
The Brunswick Wood Preserving Superfund site is located in Glynn County, Georgia, north of the City of Brunswick. The site is approximately 84 acres.

The site's boundaries include residential properties, wooded areas and railroad right-of-ways. Burnett Creek is located at the far western corner of the site. At several places, the drainage from the site flows directly into Burnett Creek.

The Brunswick Wood Preserving plant closed in 1991. The American Creosote Company developed and operated the facility between 1958 and 1960. The site was acquired by Escambia Treating Company in 1969 from Georgia Creosoting Company and the Brunswick Creosoting Company, thought to be the same corporate entity. In 1985, a corporate reorganization resulted in the purchase of the facility by the Brunswick Wood Preserving Company, which operated the site until it closed in 1991.

The site operated as a preserver of wood products, primarily utility poles and marine pilings. Logs were delivered and stored on-site prior to the application of several chemical preservatives. Once treated, the wood products were stacked and stored in various storage areas until shipped to customers via rail or truck.

Initially, the site was designed and operated as a treatment facility for oil-based preservatives only, mainly creosote and working solutions of pentachlorophenol in oil (penta). Pressure-treatment with creosote or penta at the site produced a considerable amount of wastewater contaminated with residuals of the preservatives used in the treatment.

Soil samples indicate that large areas of soil and shallow pond bottoms are heavily contaminated with polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds, including carcinogenic PAHs (CPAHs). Other areas of the site contain oily, CPAH-contaminated soil from oil spills and the storage of treated wooden poles. Virtually all water and sediment samples taken from the site found at least trace PAH contamination.

The EPA proposed a grant of $26 million in Federal funds to clean up the site's contaminants. Under the proposal, the EPA would install structures beneath the ground to prevent the contaminants from migrating horizontally. The limestone beneath the site is expected to prevent the chemicals from seeping any lower.

The proposal also requires the removal of sediment from sections of Burnett Creek where a major fish kill occurred after a leak in August 1989.

See your doctor if you live or work near the Brunswick site and you have developed serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

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