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Superfund Site Report: MCCORMICK & BAXTER CREOSOTING CO.
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at Proposal (February 7, 1992): McCormick & Baxter Creosoting Co. formerly operated a wood-preserving facility at 1214 West Washington Street in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California. The 29-acre site is in a light industrial area near the Port of Stockton. Old Mormon Slough, a tributary to the San Joaquin River, borders the site to the north. Except for an 8-acre portion of the site owned and leased by Southern Pacific Railroad Co. since the 1950s, McCormick & Baxter owns the entire site property. From 1942 to 1990, McCormick & Baxter treated utility poles and railroad ties with CREOSOTE, PENTACHLOROPHENOL (PCP), and ARSENIC compounds. Waste oils generated from the wood-treatment processes were disposed of in unlined ponds and concrete tanks on-site. Surface water runoff from the site was discharged to the slough until 1978, when it began to collect in two storm water collection ponds.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Discharge to sewer/surface water
    • Inadvertent spill
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Manufacturing process
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Storage - finished product
    • Storage - raw material
    • Waste tank - above ground
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Soils and groundwater are contaminated with PCP, DIOXIN, polycyclic aromatic HYDROCARBONS (PAHS), which are constituents of CREOSOTE, ARSENIC, CHROMIUM, and COPPER. In addition, non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) are widespread beneath the site. Sediment in Old Mormon Slough adjacent to the site is also contaminated, primarily with PAHS and DIOXIN. Individuals who accidentally ingest or come in direct contact with contaminated soil, sediment or groundwater could be at risk. Drinking water from the deep aquifer has not been affected by any contaminants from the McCormick & Baxter site. Oily seeps from the former oily waste ponds into Old Mormon Slough occurred in the past, although the seeps are now controlled.  More...


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    2,3,4,5-TETRACHLOROPHENOLX    
    2,3,5,6-TETRACHLOROPHENOLX    
    2,4-DICHLOROPHENOLX X  
    3,4,5-TRICHLOROPHENOLX    
    4-NITROPHENOLX    
    ACENAPHTHENEX    
    ANTHRACENEX    
    ARSENICX X  
    BENZO(A)PYRENE X   
    BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENE X   
    BENZO(K)FLUORANTHENE    X
    CHROMIUMX    
    CHRYSENE    X
    COPPER    X
    COPPER COMPOUNDS    X
    DIBENZ(A,H)ANTHRACENE X   
    ETHYLBENZENEX    
    FLUORANTHENEX    
    FLUORENEX    
    NAPHTHALENEX X  
    PENTACHLOROPHENOLX X X
    PHENANTHRENEX    
    PHENOLX    
    PYRENE    X
    TOLUENEX    
    XYLENE (MIXED ISOMERS)X    
    XYLENOLX    
    ZINC    X
    ZINC COMPOUNDS    X


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
    Aquifer discharges into: A drinking water aquifer
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: No data
     
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for MCCORMICK & BAXTER CREOSOTING CO.:

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: MCCORMICK & BAXTER CREOSOTING CO.
    EPA ID: CAD009106527
    Address: 1214 W WASHINGTON ST
    STOCKTON, CA 95203
    Site Ownership: Private
    Category of Site: Abandoned
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: October 14, 1992
     
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 3
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 0
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

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