Local lawmakers introduce bill to provide relief to former employees at wood treatment facility

Fairfax plant settlement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Local lawmakers introduce bill to provide relief to former employees at wood treatment facility.

  • Two local lawmakers are pushing legislation to provide relief to former workers of a contaminated plant.
  • Action News Jax began reporting on issues at the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters plant in 2018.
  • The EPA said for 30 years, operations at the plant resulted in arsenic contamination of soil and water at the site, nearby homes and an elementary school.
  • In 2019, the EPA removed 60,000 tons of contaminated soil and sediment. It was transported to a disposal facility.
  • If the legislation is passed, $10,000,000 of state money would pay eligible former employees of the plant, capped at $100,000 per employee.