Superfund Sites

The Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
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A federal committee focused on environmental justice is meeting in Jacksonville this week.

Climate Change Threatens 60% Of Toxic Superfund Sites, Including 5 In Jacksonville

Nov 22, 2019
The building that once housed Fairfax Street Wood Treaters was still standing in 2012, when this photograph was taken.
Dan Scanlan / The Florida Times-Union

Sixty percent of the nation's heavily polluted Superfund sites—nearly 950 of them—are at risk from the impacts of climate change, including hurricane storm surges and flooding that could spread their toxic legacies into waterways, communities and farmland, a new federal report warns.

Abukar Adan / WJCT NEWS

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with an $80 million cleanup of a Superfund site on Jacksonville’s Eastside where dangerous chemicals were stored for decades. Superfund sites are considered a national priority for remediation. 

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke to Eastside Environmental Council founder and CEO Wynetta Wright and development manager Teena Anderson about their work to cleanup their neighborhood from contaminants and prevent discharge of pollutants into the St. Johns River (01:06).