The U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4
Announces the Sixth Five-Year Review for
Mowbray Engineering, Co., Superfund Site
Greenville, Butler County, Alabama

Purpose/Objective:  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting the sixth Five-Year Review (FYR) of the Mowbray Engineering, Co., Superfund site (the Site) in Greenville, Butler County, Alabama.  The purpose of the Five-Year Review is to make sure the selected cleanup actions effectively protect human health and the environment.

Site Background:  The 2.7-acre Site is located about 40 miles southwest of Montgomery in south-central Alabama.  The Site is currently an unused, empty lot.  It is fenced on three sides: Tanyard Branch Creek extends along the remaining side.  From 1955 until 1978, Mowbray Engineering, Co., disposed of used transformer oil on the ground behind the Mowbray plant, across the street from the Site.  Contaminated oil entered a storm water drainage system and traveled across the street and into a swamp on-site.  Sampling identified soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  Site investigations also discovered low levels of phenols, chloroform, dichloroethane and trichloroethane.  The EPA placed the Site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 and deleted it from the NPL in 1993.

Cleanup Actions:  The EPA signed the Site’s Record of Decision (ROD) in September 1986, and selected a remedy to address contaminated soils.  The remedy included removing tanks and transformers, placing contaminated soil in a capped monolith, closing a city water supply well, diverting surface water runoff across the contaminated swamp area, revegetating the swamp area, and maintaining remedial features over time.  The EPA completed cleanup activities on August 20, 1987.

Five-Year Review Schedule:  The National Contingency Plan (NCP) requires review of remedial actions that result in any hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants remaining at the Site above levels that allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure every five years to ensure protection of human health and the environment.  The EPA will complete the sixth of the Five-Year Reviews for the Site by September 2018.

The EPA Invites Community Participation in the Five-Year Review Process:  The EPA is conducting this FYR to evaluate the effectiveness of the Site’s remedy and to make sure the remedy remains protective of human health and the environment.  As part of the FYR process, EPA staff members are available to answer any questions about the Site.  Community members who have questions about the Site or the FYR process, or who would like to participate in a community interview, should contact:

Erik Spalvins                                                                  L’Tonya Spencer
EPA Remedial Project Manager                                        EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
Phone: (404) 562-8938                                                 Phone: (404) 562-8463  |  (800) 564-7577 (toll-free)
Email:                                          Email:

Kenneth Prestridge
ADEM Environmental Scientist, Sr.
Phone:  (334) 271-7818

Mailing Addresses: 
U.S. EPA Region 4
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.,
11th Floor, Atlanta, GA  30303-8960

ADEM, Land Division
1400 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL  36110-2400

Additional site information is available at the Site’s local document repository, located at Greenville Public Library, 309 Fort Dale Street, Greenville, Alabama 36037, and online at: