Cleanup planned at timber site

LAMAR, COUNTY (WDAM) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing a proposed plan for the environmental cleanup at the Davis Timber site in Lamar County.

The site, which is located on Jackson Road just outside of Hattiesburg produced treated pine poles, pilings and timber from 1972 until 1987 when the MDEQ forced the company to shut down wood preserving operations, due to the surrounding land, creeks and lakes becoming contaminated.

Contaminants from the 30-acre site, including dioxin, reportedly caused numerous fish kills at country club lake nearly a quarter of a mile away, but the EPA lifted the ban on fish consumption in 2001 after levels of dioxin showed a significant decrease.

After comparing several cleanup alternatives, the EPA's chosen site cleanup plan will cost just over $5 million from a federal superfund account.

The state's share would be 10 percent.

EPA officials want public participation on this matter, and will host a public comment period from July 15 August 14.

A public meeting will be held August 10 at 7 p.m. at the Breland Community Center.