Georgia-Pacific Hardwood Sawmill
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: NCD000813592
Location: Plymouth, Washington County, NC
Lat/Long: 35.871566, -76.741494
Congressional District: 01
NPL Status: Proposed: 01/19/99; Final: 10/21/99; Removed: 09/28/2000
Affected Media: Ground water, Sediment, Soil
Cleanup Status: Withdrawn from the NPL
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Potential for Commercial/light Industrial
Site Manager: Ken Mallary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Georgia-Pacific Corporation Hardwood Sawmill site encompasses approximately 24 acres along the Roanoke River in Plymouth, Washington County, North Carolina. The site was used from the 1920s to approximately 1980 as a sawmill where rough lumber and timber was planed and surface-treated. From approximately 1950 until 1980, Georgia-Pacific Corporation Hardwood Sawmill produced and treated hardwood lumber and railroad ties at the site. In 1983, the facility burned and was permanently closed.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) conducted a sampling investigation in 1995 which revealed the presence of metals and organic compounds, including dioxin, pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), in on-site soil. Surface water and sediment samples collected in the Roanoke River contained significantly elevated concentrations of metals, dioxins, furans, pentachlorophenol, and lindane.
According to the North Carolina Division of Water Quality, the Roanoke River is commercially and recreationally fished from Plymouth, North Carolina, to Albemarle Sound. In addition, wetlands border much of the river from Plymouth to Albemarle Sound.
Site Cleanup Plan
A formal Record of Decision (ROD) was not issued for this site. The site cleanup plan consisted of a removal action to address drums, tanks, several areas with contaminated soil, and several unstable buildings on site.
Site cleanup activities were led primarily by Georgia Pacific with oversight by EPA.
The removal action was completed in November 1999, and EPA completed a fund-lead remedial investigation for the site which indicated the risk to human health and the environment is low.
At this time, EPA does not plan to conduct additional investigations or cleanup activities at the site.
EPA conducted a range of community involvement activities at the Georgia-Pacific Hardwood Sawmill site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process.
The next Five-Year Review for the site is scheduled for 2013.Ground water and soil treatment are ongoing.
Site Administrative Documents
For more information or to view any site-related documents, please visit the site information repository at the following location. As new documents are generated, they will be placed in the information repository for public information.
Washington County Public Library
3rd and Adams Street
Plymouth, NC 27962
For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.