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Public Meeting to be Held on EPA Proposed Cleanup Plan for Areas Affected by the Ward Transformer Facility in Raleigh, North Carolina


EPA will hold a public meeting to present the proposed plan for cleanup of Operable Unit 1 at the Ward Transformer Superfund Site (the Site) in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton North Raleigh at 3415 Wake Forest Road. Operable Unit 1 addresses areas downstream from the Ward Transformer facility including tributaries to Little Brier Creek, Brier Creek Reservoir, Brier Creek, Lake Crabtree, and Crabtree Creek. A separate removal action is addressing the main source of contamination at the Ward Transformer facility.

As part of the EPA Remedial Investigation, soil, sediment, surface water, groundwater and fish samples were collected. Analytical results indicate the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in fish and/or sediment samples within the Operable Unit 1 areas. The Proposed Plan for Operable Unit 1 includes:

Continue existing North Carolina fish consumption advisories and signs;
Conduct educational and community outreach programs;
Conduct pre-excavation sampling and endangered mussel study;
Excavate sediments with concentrations exceeding 1 mg/kg PCBs from the tributaries to Little Brier Creek and Lower Brier Creek and transport off-site for appropriate disposal;
Site and stream restoration; and
Monitored Natural Recovery, which is periodic monitoring of sediments and aquatic biota at the Brier Creek Reservoir, Lake Crabtree, and Crabtree Creek.

EPA is conducting a comment period from August 6, 2007 to October 4, 2007, to seek public input on this Proposed Plan.

The Ward Transformer Superfund Site was added to EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List in April 2003. The Ward Transformer facility is located near the Raleigh Durham International airport in a predominantly industrial area of Raleigh. The major contaminants of concern are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Copies of all removal documents are available at the information repository for the Site located in the North Regional library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27605.


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