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Atlantic Wood Industries | Sargeant Memorial Collection

Name: Atlantic Wood Industries


Historical Note: Atlantic Wood Industries, Inc. (AWI) was founded in Port Wentworth, Georgia in 1919 and was formerly known as Atlantic Creosoting Company. This company evolved with plant locations in Portsmouth, Virginia, and from 1926 to 1992, a wood-treating facility operated at the site using both creosote and pentachlorophenol. At one time, the Navy leased part of the property from AWI and disposed waste onto the site. As a result, the site was contaminated from the treatment operation, storage of treated wood, and disposal of wastes. The AWI site was added to the National Priorities List of most hazardous waste sites in 1990.The ground water and soil at the site are also heavily contaminated with creosote. Creosote contamination previously migrated into a storm sewer and discharged into an inlet of the Elizabeth River at the northeast corner of the site near the Jordan Bridge.





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