Benfield Industries, Inc.
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: NCD981026479
Location: Waynesville, Haywood County, NC
Lat/Long: 35.477780, -083.004160
Congressional District: 11
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final: 10/04/89
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction Complete - Physical cleanup activities have been completed.
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In reuse –commercial land uses are located on site
Site Manager: Robert West (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Current Site Status
The Benfield Industries, Inc. site includes the area where Benfield Industries mixed and packaged bulk materials for resale from 1971 until 1983. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from facility operations. 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 monitoring ground water and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA and NCDENR continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.
The 3.5-acre site is part of a larger 6-acre area on Riverbend Street in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina. The site includes several buildings and parking areas. A residential and a commercial business border the site to the north, Riverbend Street borders the site to the east, a residential area borders the site to the south and the Southern Railway and Browning Branch Creek border the site to the west. The site’s broader surroundings include industrial, commercial and residential areas.
From 1971 until 1983, Benfield Industries mixed and packaged bulk materials for resale at the site. The company’s facility handled and stored paint thinners, solvents, sealants, cleaners, de-icing solutions and wood preservatives. In 1982, a fire destroyed most on-site structures and ended operations. In 1989, EPA listed the site on the NPL.
In 2002, Haywood Vocational Opportunities, Inc. (HVO) purchased the site property. In 2004, HVO redeveloped the site into a vocational training center and a manufacturing facility with multiple parking areas. Fencing around the site limits access. The site’s cleanup supports commercial and industrial land uses.
Site investigations found contamination in ground water and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminant of concern include pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Contamination affected approximately 18,000 cubic yards of soil. Contamination also affected ground water, which extended approximately 100-to-200 feet off site.
Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight
EPA led site investigation and cleanup activities in cooperation with NCDENR.
Site Cleanup Plan
Site investigations and cleanup activities have focused on two areas, which EPA refers to as operable units, or OUs. These areas include OU-1: contaminated ground water; and OU-2: contaminated soil.
In 1992, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:
- Digging up, washing, sampling and replacing approximately 4,600 cubic yards of contaminated soil.
- Using a pump and treat system to address contaminated ground water.
- Adding nutrients to treated ground water before discharge to help the breakdown of contaminants.
- Reviewing the existing ground water system.
- Monitoring ground water and the surface water in Browning Branch Creek.
In 1995, EPA issued a ROD Amendment to change the cleanup plan for both site soils and ground water.
After the fire at the site in 1982, the owner of the facility removed all debris, including usable chemicals, fire debris, recyclable materials and storage tanks, and then covered the site with clean soil. The owner completed these activities before EPA listed the site on the NPL.
In 1998, EPA dug up and treated 13,500 tons of soil, manure and hay in an on-site treatment unit. In 1999, the Agency conducted additional treatment of approximately 12,000 tons of soil. EPA treated an additional 6,000 tons of soil in 2000. Following treatment, EPA replaced soil in the dug-up areas. The Agency finished grading and seeding the site in 2000.
EPA completed construction of the site’s ground water pump-and-treat system in 2001. The system included two extraction wells and discharged water into the local wastewater treatment system. From 2001 until 2007, the system extracted and discharged over 22 million gallons of ground water to the local wastewater treatment system. In 2007, EPA reviewed the system and recommended its shutdown. The Agency shut down the system in 2007 and began the use of monitored natural attenuation to address ground water contamination.
The site’s second Five-Year Review, completed in 2008, found that the cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment. The Five-Year Review recommended that EPA issue a ROD Amendment in 2012 to update the modified ground water cleanup approach from pump-and-treat to monitored natural attenuation.
EPA was unable to identify any viable potentially responsible parties for the site. EPA is using federal funds for site cleanup activities.
EPA has worked 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 has conducted 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 have included public notices, interviews and public meetings.
EPA is working to issue a ROD Amendment and plans to hold a public meeting in Waynesville in 2012 to discuss the proposed ROD Amendment.
Annual ground water monitoring is ongoing.
EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2008 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2013.
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.
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