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The Superfund open house continues on Wednesday at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
Michael Taylor, remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration, and members of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will be present to discuss the current status of the project with the public.
The open house will begin at noon and end at 2 p.m..
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Superfund project is an effort to remove years of creosote contamination from a site off of Rosa Street where wood was treated at the old Picayune Wood Treatment plant from the 1940s to the late 1990s.
The problem leading to the sites declaration as a Superfund site was discovered in the 1980s and various cleanup efforts continue to this day.
The final phase of removing creosote that was left behind by treating wood with the preservative began in February of 2012.
The next phase of the project is an ongoing effort to track the direction of the contaminated groundwater, according to the EPA website.
This phase has a cost of $30 million and chemical oxidation will be used to remove groundwater contamination from the most polluted areas and biological treatment will be used in the less contaminated areas.
The treatment of groundwater at the site was to take place over the next 10 years, Taylor said in 2012.
When the cleanup is complete, the land is expected to be given to the city of Picayune. If this happens, federal regulation would not allow residential use of the property, though potentially it could only be developed for industrial or commercial use.