The site is bordered by two rail lines and some woodlands, and nearby are residential and commercial properties. No structures exist on the site.
A large fence surrounds the site, and signs are posted saying, “Danger. Do Not Enter. By Order of the U.S. EPA.”
Still, people familiar with the site say the average person may not know what it is.
“To the unsuspecting eye, you would have no idea it was a Superfund site,” Maryville Sociology Professor Andrew Gunnoe said. “It just looks like a 13-acre field.”
The EPA asked Gunnoe to do some community research for the site.
“There are some of us who have been here a long time that know about it,” Sandra Williamson, a resident of Montgomery Village, a neighborhood the EPA says is located about 200 feet from the site.
“Concerns? Yah, I think there are some genuine concerns,” Williamson added. “And then there are some who aren’t that concerned about it because they are probably still unaware.”
Knoxville Community Development Corporation (KCDC) owns Montgomery Village and told 10News in a statement that residents’ safety and well-being is a top priority, and the group will continue to support the EPA in this effort.