Browning Lumber Site

Bald Knob, WV - Region III

Site Contact:

Robert Kelly/Mike Towle

Route 85 near Rock Lick Creek
Bald Knob, WV 00000

Latitude: 37.8503400
Longitude: -81.6287300
NRC#: 779500


The Browning Lumber Company operated a sawmill at this location until 1998. The company also operated a pressure treatment facility for lumber on this property till 1996. The company was in the business of manufacturing pressure treated cribbing and supports for the underground mining industry. Chromated - Copper Arsenate (CCA) was used in the process and the company obtained an EPA ID number for hazardous waste activity in June 1987.

In July 2002, the Site was inspected by West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). This inspection revealed that the former wood treating operation had not been completed closed and contaminatation, specifically chromium and arsenic, from the process still existed on the Site.

WVDEP has requested that EPA Region 3 take the lead in conducting a full assessment of the Site and take actions to mitigate the threats at the Site.

After performing an analytical evaluation and consulting with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registrar, the OSC has determined that an immediate removal action must be taken.

On June 19, 2006, the OSC initiated an $250,000 Emergency Removal Action.

See POLREP 4 and SPECIAL BULLETIN A in the documents section.

For additional information, visit the Pollution Report (POLREPS) section.