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The Magnolia Project site off the King Street Extension near Braswell Street is part of a large area zoned for a mixed-use brownfield redevelopment project. The EPA will hold a hearing tonight on additional cleanup of the Koppers Superfund Site. File

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a meeting tonight to present a plan to conduct additional cleanup at the Koppers Superfund Site in the Charleston Neck Area.

Representatives from EPA and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will answer questions. EPA also is soliciting public comments on the plan through Oct. 17.

The meeting is 6-8 p.m. in the International Longshoremen’s Association Hall at 1142 Morrison Drive.

EPA’s proposed cleanup plan includes an estimated $30 million in additional cleanup work on the Koppers Co. site that will be implemented by developers under EPA oversight. The work will prepare the area for redevelopment into a new mixed-use community that includes residential and other uses.

The Koppers site is part of a larger area the city of Charleston has zoned for a mixed-use Brownfield redevelopment project, known as “Magnolia.” It includes commercial/retail use, office use, residential use, hotel use and civic and park space.

After considering all information received during the public comment period, EPA will consult with DHEC and publish its final plan.

The 102-acre Koppers site is located in the Neck Area amid industrial, commercial and residential properties. From 1940-78, Koppers operated a wood-treating facility on approximately 45 acres. The remaining 57-acre portion of the site, located south of Braswell Street, was owned by Ashepoo Phosphate/Fertilizer Works. EPA incorporated these 57-acres into the Koppers Site boundary to investigate historical waste disposal practices and environmental impacts.

More information about the Koppers Superfund Site: www.epa.gov/superfund/koppers-charleston-plant

For the proposed plan and instructions for submitting public comments, see below: 

Reach Cleve O'Quinn at 843-937-5566. Follow him on Twitter @CleveOQuinn.