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Roadside PCB Spills

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: NCD980602163
Location: Warrenton, Warren County, NC
Lat/Long: 36.338100, -078.166100
Congressional District: 01
NPL Status: Proposed: 12/30/82; Final: 09/08/83; Deleted: 03/07/86
Affected Media: Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA – not a ground water site
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Donna Bledsoe (Bledsoe.donna@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Roadside PCB Spill site includes an area where parties disposed of waste transformer oil along highways in North Carolina from June to August 1978. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983 because of contaminated soil resulting from waste handling practices. 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. EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1986. EPA does not anticipate additional work at  the site. 

Site Location and Background

The site includes 243 noncontiguous miles of highway shoulders in 14 counties in North Carolina. From June to August 1978, parties illegally dumped over 30,000 gallons of waste transformer oil along highway shoulders in North Carolina. In 1983, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. The primary contaminant of concern was polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

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

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Site Cleanup Plan

EPA’s cleanup approach for the site included the following activities:

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Cleanup Progress

From 1979 to 1981, NCDENR conducted several site investigations and feasibility studies. NCDENR determined that contamination had not affected surface water, living organisms or ground water.

In 1982, EPA and NCDENR began cleanup activities and initiated construction of a landfill to receive wastes from the site. EPA and NCDENR removed and disposed of 40,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil at the landfill.

In 1983, landfill construction was completed. Construction included capping, grading and revegetation of the area.

In 1986, EPA deleted the site from the NPL. The site's deletion notice states that, "EPA, with the concurrence of the State of North Carolina, has determined that all appropriate Fund-financed responses under CERCLA at the PCB Spills site has been completed and has determined that no further cleanup by responsible parties is appropriate."

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Enforcement Activities

EPA and NCDENR used federal and state funds for site cleanup activities.

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Community Involvement

EPA 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 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.

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Future Work

EPA does not require Five-Year Reviews for this site.

EPA does not anticipate additional work at the site. 

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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

EPA does not have an information repository established for the site.

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