j.h. baxter & co.


The J.H. Baxter Superfund Site comprises approximately 205 acres, located at 422 Mill Street, in Weed, California. The Site is owned partially by J.H. Baxter Company and partially by Roseburg Forest products. It is bounded by residences to the west and northwest, by Roseburg Forest Products to the north, and irrigated pasture to the south. Land use in the vicinity includes industrial, residential, and pasture/mixed woodland. The site has been used continuously for wood treatment and related activities since 1937 and was placed on the National Priorities List in 1989. The site chemicals of concern were selected primarily on the basis of the concentration detected, or the known or suspected toxicological properties of the substance. The wood treatment inorganic (metal) chemicals of concern include arsenic, chromium, copper, and zinc, with arsenic being identified as a high threat contaminant. The organic chemicals of concern include carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), tetrachlorophenol, chlorinated dibenzodioxins and chlorinated dibenzofurans. Carcinogenic PAHs, PCBs, and dioxins have been identified as high threat contaminants. Approximately 25 years prior to 1962, the International Paper Company operated the facility, disposing of wood treatment chemicals in unlined pits or bermed areas on the site. From 1976 to 1983, process water was sprayed onto an open field on the site, contaminating soil and ground water. The Preliminary Close Out Report was prepared in August of 2001, and the second Five Year Review was completed in September 2005. In September of 2007, the J.H. Baxter property was leased to Pacific States Treating, a subsidiary of Pacific States Industry, Inc.. The third Five Year Review, completed in September 2010, concluded that the remedy at the J.H. Baxter Superfund site is protective of human health and the environment because the asphaltic surface and restrictive covenants prevent direct contact exposure to the soil and groundwater. In addition, groundwater is being effectively contained or restored.

Hazardous Ranking Score

35 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 9
Phone: (415) 947-4251

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Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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        within a 1 mile radius


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