american creosote works, inc. (pensacola plant)

701 S J ST

The 18-acre site is located on 1800 West Gimble Street in Pensacola, Florida. Several businesses are located north of the site, including a lumber company, an auto body shop and an appliance sales and repair shop. Residential areas, which are included in the site, also surround the site to the west, south and east. The site is located in a commercial and residential district directly south of the intersection of Barrancas Avenue and West Main Street, about 600 yards north of Pensacola Bay and Bayou Chico. The site is the location of a former wood-treating facility that operated from 1902 until 1981, when American Creosote Works filed for bankruptcy. Prior to 1950, the company used creosote exclusively to treat poles. Use of pentachlorophenol (PCP) started in 1950 and steadily increased in later years of the facility’s operation. Dioxins at the site resulted from the use of PCP as a wood-treating chemical. Dioxins are a common impurity in commercial-grade PCP. Operators sent process wastewaters to four holding ponds located in the western portion of the site. The ponds overflowed after heavy rains. Prior to 1970, wastewater in these ponds overflowed through a spillway into local streets and storm drains and Bayou Chico and Pensacola Bay. In later years, the company collected and spread liquid wastes on the ground in designated "Spillage Areas" on site. In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

Hazardous Ranking Score

58 / 100

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

Regional Contact

Region 4
Phone: (404) 562-9900
Fax: (404) 562-8174

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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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