Taylor Lumber and Treating, on the western edge of Sheridan, was listed as a Superfund site on June 14, 2001. EHAP was asked by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to evaluate the public health significance of past contamination from wood treating chemicals used in lumber treating and product processes at the former wood treating facility.
The wood treating facility on the site operated from 1966-2000, during which time chemicals were used to condition and pressure-treat wood products to prolong their useful life. Several chemical spills resulted in hazardous substances contaminating the soil, air and surface water.
EHAP investigated the site and completed a Public Health Assessment or PHA ( see glossary) to determine whether the contamination posed threats to the public's health. EHAP concluded that exposure to contaminants from past use of the site poses no apparent public health hazard ( see glossary). EHAP also recommends actions to prevent or reduce the chances of adverse health effects related to the site.
- Taylor Lumber Summary Factsheet (pdf)
- What chemicals were released at the former wood treating facility?
- What does the PHA say about how I can protect my family from contaminants at the Taylor Lumber & Treating site?
- Public Meeting
On May 20, 2003, staff from EHAP answered questions about the health assessment and listened to community health concerns associated with the spilling of wood-treatment chemicals at Taylor Lumber and Treating, Inc. This meeting took place at Sheridan City Hall.