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JFD Electronics/Channel Master


Ground water remediation system at the JFD Electronics/Channel Master site.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: NCD122263825
Location: Oxford, Granville County, NC
Lat/Long: 36.299710, -078.606380
Congressional District: 02
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final 10/04/89
Affected Media: Ground water, Sludge, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction Complete - Physical cleanup activities have been completed.
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: No
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Not in use – potential for industrial land use
Site Manager: Carolyn Callihan (callihan.carolyn@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The JFD Electronics/Channel Master site includes an area where an antenna, amplifier and booster manufacturing facility operated from 1961 to 1984 and a packaging and distribution facility for electronic parts operated from 1984 to 2003. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated ground water, sludge and soil resulting from operations and waste handling practices at the site. EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and the site’s Potentially Responsible Party (PRPs), have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. By treating and monitoring ground water, performing additional studies, preventing exposure and undertaking Five-Year Review, EPA, NCDENR and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 13-acre site is located at 620 West Industry Drive, two miles southwest of downtown Oxford in Granville County, North Carolina. The site includes the concrete slabs and foundations of two industrial buildings, the former Channel Master main building and the former Bandag Warehouse building. Pine Tree Road borders the site to the north. West Industry Drive borders the site to the west. A Norfolk Southern rail line borders the site to the south. A residential area borders the site to the east. The residential area includes homes and an apartment complex, which includes low-income and minority residents.

From 1961 to 1984, an antenna, amplifier and booster manufacturing facility operated at the site. Beginning in 1964, operations disposed of sludge generated by treating wastewater from conversion and electroplating processes, primarily rinse water from a chromate conversion process and copper/nickel electroplating into an on-site lagoon covering approximately 23,400 square feet. In 1989, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

From 1984 to 2003, a packaging and distribution facility for electronic parts operated at the site. In 2008, buildings on site were demolished. The site is not in use, except for ongoing ground water treatment activities. The concrete slabs and foundations from the former facilities remain on site. Zoning limits the site to industrial land use. The North Carolina well permitting statute prohibits access to ground water within the plume of contamination.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water, sludge and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include metals, hexavalent chromium, cyanide and volatile organic compounds.

The site’s PRPs have cleaned up contaminated soil and sludge.

Ground water contamination remains on site and has migrated off site.

In 2006, EPA assessed whether residents or workers might be at risk from harmful ground water vapors in buildings. EPA found vapor intrusion at low levels. Vapor intrusion no longer poses a threat because parties demolished on-site buildings in 2008. Based upon the results of a December 2012 investigation, contaminated ground water hasa migrated off site and extends under the western portion of the Oak Ridge Apartments. A vapor intrusion study was conducted in 2012 and 2013 for the apartment units in closest proximity to the ground water plume. The results indicated that the apartment residents were not impacted by site-related contaminants present in the ground water.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

JFD Electronics Corporation and Channel Master Satellite Systems, Inc., the site’s PRPs, lead site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by the EPA and NCDENR.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1992, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

In 1996, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Difference (ESD) that updated the ground water treatment approach approved in the 1992 cleanup plan (ROD).

In 1999, EPA issued an amendment to the cleanup plan (a ROD amendment). The plan included the following activities:

In 1996, EPA issued a second ESD to update cleanup activities for addressing contaminated soil and sludge. The ESD included digging up and disposing of contaminated soil at an off-site landfill, backfilling the dug-up areas with clean soil, and grading and seeding the backfilled areas.

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD, ESD and ROD Amendment.

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Cleanup Progress

The site’s PRPs began operating the ground water pump-and-treat system in 1998. The PRPs temporarily suspended the system due to cyanide concentrations above surface water discharge criteria. The PRPs modified the system and restarted it in 2000. The system treats and discharges 22,000 gallons per day.

In 2000, the PRPs dug up and transported contaminated soil and sludge off site for treatment and disposal. The PRPs filled the dug-up areas with clean soil, compacted and sloped the area for proper drainage, and planted grass.

The site’s second Five-Year Review, completed in 2010, found there was a need for additional work before EPA could make a statement about the protectiveness of the cleanup approach. Recommendations included determining how far contaminated ground water had spread, evaluating the need for additional ground water pumping wells, and completing a ground water well survey to confirm that people are not drinking water from a well located within the area of contaminated ground water. EPA and the PRPs began these activities in 2011. A significant finding was that the pump-and-treat system was not functioning as intended. The extent of the ground water plume is not captured with the current system and off-site contaminant migration is ongoing. The PRPs are currently preparing a work plan to conduct additional investigative activities to address items noted in the 2010 Five-Year-Review and in the December 2012 investigation.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site’s PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continue to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD, ESD and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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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 included public notices, interviews, and public meetings.


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Future Work

EPA and the site’s PRPs are working to address the issues identified in the second Five-Year Review.

Ground water treatment and monitoring are ongoing. EPA and the PRPs plan additional investigations to further characterize the contamination in the ground water treatment system in place. The PRPs are preparing a work plan to address these items. Additional remedial actions are anticipated.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2010 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2015.

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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

Richard H. Thornton Public Library
210 Main Street
Oxford, NC 27565

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