Cleanup complete at Gulfport Superfund site

Cleanup complete at Gulfport Superfund site

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The cleanup is complete at a Superfund site in Gulfport. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made that announcement Monday concerning the Chemfax, Inc. Superfund Site, at the intersection of Creosote Road and Three Rivers Road. It was placed on EPA's National Priorities List in 2012. 
Contaminants found at that site included benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and naphthalene, and have impacted groundwater.

In 1999, EPA addressed immediate threats at the Site in its first cleanup action. Drums, storage tanks, tank contents, asbestos and approximately 3,400 cubic yards of contaminated soils were disposed off-site. Most of the processing lines, tank farms, bulk storage areas, buildings and structures were also dismantled at that time.

In April 2014, crews started removing contaminated soil to address long-term risks. By the end of January 2016, groundwater monitoring wells were installed. A final Remedial Action report will be finalized this summer.

The EPA will continue to monitor the ground water beneath the site. Reviews will be conducted every five years to ensure that the remedy remains protective of human health and the environment.

Officials say the area is now ready to be "returned to a productive reuse." Located on Mississippi Sixteenth Section Land, lease payments at the Site will be made to Harrison County School Board for the support of public education.

The Chemfax, Inc., facility opened in March 1955 and produced synthetic hydrocarbon resins and waxes from petroleum products. Business operations ceased in 1995.

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