jennison-wright corporation

900 WEST 22ND ST

The 20-acre Jennison-Wright Corporation (Jennison-Wright) Superfund site is located within the corporate boundaries of Granite City, Madison County, Illinois. The site is in a low income, mixed industrial/residential neighborhood. The population within one mile of the site is 31,280. Various industrial operations began at the Jennison-Wright site prior to 1920 and continued until 1989. In about 1920, the site was occupied by a tie treatment facility that used creosote, pentachlorophenol, and zinc naphthenate to preserve railroad ties and wood block flooring. Most of this activity occurred on the southern portion of the site. The southern area also had railcars and a variety of tanks that contained wastes, several waste pits, and stockpiles of contaminated soil. Jennite, an asphalt sealant, was also manufactured on the site. The "Jennite pit" (a lagoon) was an on-site disposal pit into which Jennite and creosote wastes were dumped. Other features in the southern part of the site included the "22nd Street Lagoon," the "Jennite Building" (which had 2 silos), a tank farm (including a buried railcar), and other buildings. The northern portion of the site was mainly used as a drying and storage area for treated railroad ties and wood blocks. Jennison-Wright Corporation filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in November 1989. An auction was held in 1990 to sell the remaining equipment and materials. The site has remained vacant since 1990. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed the Jennison-Wright site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in June 1996. Site Responsibility The Jennison-Wright site is being addressed through state and federal actions. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) is the lead agency for the site cleanup actions and EPA is the support agency.

Hazardous Ranking Score

40 / 100

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

Regional Contact

Region 5
Phone: (312) 353-2000

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Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


        African American
        American Indian and Alaska Native
        Native Hawaiian


        People living
        within a 1 mile radius


        Average Income


        Occupied homes

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