A case study of the American Creosote Works Inc. superfund site

The purpose of this case study is to explore the American Creosote Works Inc. (Pensacola Plant) Superfund Site through a social equity framework. Superfund sites are areas contaminated by hazardous materials. These sites are owned, monitored, and treated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (EPA, 2018). In 1980, Congress wrote the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) in response to public attention being drawn to Love Canal and the Valley of Drums (EPA, 2018). Historically, low-income communities and minorities have disproportionately suffered from being in proximity to superfund sites (Anguelovski, 2016). As a superfund site, the American Creosote Works Inc. Site has the potential to reflect the aforementioned trend. This case study aims to understand the demographics of the census block groups within a mile of the site. Therefore, a specialized focus will be applied to any marginalized census block group to better understand the potential for harm. Studies have shown that environmental harm from toxic sites affect marginalized groups more due to the commonality of such groups living in closer proximity to such sites and due to marginalized groups suffering from unequal enforcement and application of environmental legislation such as the CERCLA (Anguelovski, 2016).
At present, this project is in development and wi ll later explore applying the studied superfund site to the concepts known as environmental justice mobilization or green gentrification. Additionally, the leading redevelopment proposal of a passive park will be appraised to access its potential benefit for the residents of the surrounding area.
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Abstract/Description: The purpose of this case study is to explore the American Creosote Works Inc. (Pensacola Plant) Superfund Site through a social equity framework. Superfund sites are areas contaminated by hazardous materials. These sites are owned, monitored, and treated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (EPA, 2018). In 1980, Congress wrote the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) in response to public attention being drawn to Love Canal and the Valley of Drums (EPA, 2018). Historically, low-income communities and minorities have disproportionately suffered from being in proximity to superfund sites (Anguelovski, 2016). As a superfund site, the American Creosote Works Inc. Site has the potential to reflect the aforementioned trend. This case study aims to understand the demographics of the census block groups within a mile of the site. Therefore, a specialized focus will be applied to any marginalized census block group to better understand the potential for harm. Studies have shown that environmental harm from toxic sites affect marginalized groups more due to the commonality of such groups living in closer proximity to such sites and due to marginalized groups suffering from unequal enforcement and application of environmental legislation such as the CERCLA (Anguelovski, 2016). At present, this project is in development and wi ll later explore applying the studied superfund site to the concepts known as environmental justice mobilization or green gentrification. Additionally, the leading redevelopment proposal of a passive park will be appraised to access its potential benefit for the residents of the surrounding area.
Subject(s): American Creosote Works, Inc.
Undergraduate Research
Superfund sites
Pensacola