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Aberdeen Contaminated Ground Water

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Punctured underground storage tank (source: EPA OSC.net)

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: NCN000407447
Location: Aberdeen, Moore County, NC
Lat/Long: 35.138400, -079.447200
Congressional District: 02
NPL Status: Proposed: 03/19/08; Final: 09/03/08 
Affected Media: Ground water
Cleanup Status: An interim cleanup approach has been proposed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: No
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Jon Bornholm (bornholm.jon@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Aberdeen Contaminated Ground Water site includes an area of contaminated ground water east of U.S. Highway 1 in Aberdeen, Moore County, North Carolina. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2008. EPA and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. By designing a cleanup plan, EPA and NCDENR continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The site is located along N.C. State Highway 211, approximately 1.5 miles east of U.S. Highway 1 in Aberdeen, Moore County, North Carolina. The area of investigation is 1.3 square miles in size. There are several areas of ground water contamination discovered in 1990 that make up the site: the Geigy Chemical Corporation Superfund site located along Highway 211 and Lockey Drive, the Crestline Contaminated Well Emergency Response site (formerly known as the Route 211 Contaminated Well Site), the former Lee Paving Company property and the former Powder Metal Products (PMP) facility. The Aberdeen Pesticide Dumps Superfund site is located approximately 2.5 miles northwest of the site.

The 26.8-acre Powder Metals Products facility is the most likely potential source of the ground water contamination. From 1980 to 1995, Powder Metals Products made machine parts at its facility. In 1995, PMP sold the property to Diamond Exhaust & Equipment, which operated the facility as a wholesale automotive exhaust parts distribution center. It is not known whether Diamond Exhaust & Equipment used any chemicals or solvents (substances used to dissolve other substances). Diamond Exhaust & Equipment sold the property to CALCO Enterprises, a company providing mechanical services.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. EPA has not yet identified the source of the contamination. Contaminant of concern include trichloroethylene (TCE). Ground water contamination from pesticides associated with the Geigy Chemical Corporation Superfund site has mixed with ground water contamination associated with the site.

EPA assessed whether residents or workers might be at risk from harmful ground water vapors in buildings. EPA found that vapor intrusion did not pose a threat to residents and workers.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA leads site investigation and cleanup activities in cooperation with NCDENR.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 2011, EPA issued a proposed interim site cleanup plan and request for public comment. EPA’s preferred interim site cleanup approach to treat contaminated ground water includes construction and operation of a pump-and-treat system and installation and operation of wellhead treatment systems on public water supply wells 5 and 9.

After EPA finalizes the proposed interim site cleanup plan, the Agency will issue a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site.

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Cleanup Progress

In 2009, EPA conducted short-term cleanup activities, including pumping out a septic tank thought to be contributing to ground water contamination. More information about this removal activity is available on EPA OSC.net.Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Enforcement Activities

EPA was unable to identify any viable potentially responsible parties for the site. EPA is using federal funds for site cleanup activities.

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Community Involvement

EPA is working with the community and its state partner to develop a long-term cleanup plan for the site, reflecting the Agency’s commitment to safe, healthy communities and environmental protection. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.

EPA is conducting a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts include public notices and information meetings.

In 2009, EPA hosted a “kickoff” meeting for the site investigation. In 2011, EPA hosted a meeting to discuss the site’s proposed interim cleanup plan.

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Future Work

EPA will begin the remedial design once the proposed interim site cleanup plan is finalized in a ROD.

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Additional Information

EPA keeps additional site documents and information in a site information repository at the location below. EPA also posts site documents, when available, on EPA’s CERCLIS Site Profile page. For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.

Site Repository

Aberdeen Town Hall
115 N. Poplar Street
Aberdeen, NC 28315

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