EPA: Chemical site in DeRidder to be clean by 2027

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says cleanup of a DeRidder, Louisiana, site contaminated with a heavy-duty wood preservative should be complete by 2027.

The American Press reports EPA Remedial Project Manager Mike Hebert outlined the cleanup process to the DeRidder City Council last week. The 55-acre site was placed on the national priorities list last year. Hebert says preliminary assessments have found issues including soil contamination and piles of the preservative creosote.

Hebert says the agency will soon start a remedial investigation to determine the severity of the contamination and if it has spread beyond the site.

He says the investigation will take up to four years to complete and will include sampling private wells and fish from near the site, as well as sediment and soil testing.

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