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Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act

Garland Creosoting

Longview, Texas

Site Description
The 12-acre Garland Creosoting site is an abandoned wood treating facility that used creosote to preserve wood products from 1960 to 1997.  Until 1985, the company utilized six unlined surface impoundments as evaporation ponds for its wastewater treatment discharge.  Surrounding the site are industrial facilities to the north, wooded land with residential homes to the south and a state highway to the west.  The nearest residences (with approximately 110 people) are located within one mile of the site, while light industrial facilities are situated adjacent to it.  The most likely land use for the site is industrial redevelopment due to its proximity to Interstate Highway 20. 

Cleanup Activities to Date
EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List in 1999.  EPA issued the site-wide cleanup decision document in 2006.  It lays out the selected cleanup approach to address all current and potential future risks caused by creosote contamination in soil and ground water. This approach includes: 1) excavation and on-site landfill disposal of contaminated soil; 2) a combination of recovery and treatment, and monitored natural attenuation of contaminated ground water; 3) collection and off-site disposal of dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPL), and; 4) implementation of institutional controls to enable protective future use.

Recovery Act Project Activity
EPA will use the approximately $6 million in Recovery Act funds to begin the excavation of contaminated creosote soil exceeding the remedial action level, installation of the interceptor collector trench (ICT) and ground water treatment system to prevent the movement of contaminated ground water into an intermittent creek. This will expedite the achievement of site-wide construction completion.

FY2011 highlights include:

  • Construction of the remedy was completed on August 12, 2010. At the present time, contaminated ground water and leachate are collected, treated, and discharged. Ground water restoration activities will continue for at least 10 more years.

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