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Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act

Woolfolk Chemical Works

Ft. Valley, Georgia

Site Description
Woolfolk Chemical Works is a 31-acre site resulting from the production, formulation, and packaging of pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides, activities which began in 1910.  In the early 1980s, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division investigated the site based on complaints from local citizens. The company was discharging waste products to a drainage corridor leading away from the industrial site located in downtown Ft. Valley.  Contamination has affected soil, sediment, and ground water on both commercial and residential properties in and around the former facility. The affected residents are part of an environmental justice community.  While the site’s cleanup investigation and the baseline risk assessment indicated that there were 48 contaminants of potential concern; the majority of the site risk is being driven by arsenic contamination.

Cleanup Activities to Date
EPA added the site to the National Priorities List  in 1990.  The volume and concentrations of soil contamination found on the former facility property are significantly greater than expected.  Based on data gathered as part of the long-term cleanup design, EPA expected to address approximately 120,000 cubic yards of contaminated material.  However, in the course of completing extensive cleanup activities tied to addressing residential properties, a commercial redevelopment corridor and contaminated ground water, EPA has excavated over 400,000 cubic yards of material to date. 

Recovery Act Project Activity
EPA will use the $1.8 million in Recovery Act funds to support the on-site work for the ongoing action at the former facility property. Specific work activities will consist of soil excavation, on-site soil treatment, backfilling, stockpiling for off-site disposal, grading, closure, and re-vegetating the property.

The stimulus funds were expended from July 6, 2009 through March 30, 2010. The Recovery Act funding for the Woolfolk Chemical Works site enabled EPA to redirect resources to expedite the cleanup of the former manufacturing facility by 6 to 12 months, allowing the City of Fort Valley, GA the ability to begin redevelopment re-use planning in the area sooner.

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