Admiral Home Appliances
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: SCD047563614
Location: Williston, Barnwell County, SC
Congressional District: 04
NPL Status: Superfund Alternative Site
Affected Media: Ground water, Sediment, Soil, Surface Water
Cleanup Status: Remedy selected and remedial design underway.
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Industrial – A vending machine manufacturing facility currently operates at the site
Site Manager: Randy Bryant (email@example.com)
The Admiral Home Appliance site, located in Williston, Barnwell County, South Carolina, was the site of a former wastewater treatment plant, initially used for the treatment of domestic wastewater for a trailer park. After the trailer park ceased operation, a variety of manufacturing operations started up at the site. These manufacturing operations continued to use the wastewater plant to inadequately treat industrial wastewater until 1982, when the adjacent manufacturing plant began to pre-treat their wastewater and discharge to Williston's Sewage Treatment Plant.
The manufacturing plant is the current location of Dixie Narco Inc., currently owned by the Crane Corporation. The factory was formerly operated by the Rheem Corporation and Maytag Appliances, currently a division of the Whirlpool Corporation. The plant currently manufactures vending machines for soda, bottled water, and several other products.
The site is not listed on the National Priorities List (NPL), but is considered to be an NPL-caliber site and is being addressed through the Superfund Alternative Approach. This approach uses the same investigation and cleanup process and standards that are used for sites listed on the NPL.
Site investigations detected heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in ground water, soil, sediments, surface water, and sludge at the site. Metals including chromium, zinc, nickel, and lead were found in the wetland discharge area, as well as in sediments of Spur Branch. In addition to VOCs, mercury was found in six residential wells in a neighborhood adjacent to the plant.
Site Cleanup Plan
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the site was issued in 2006. Major cleanup elements for the site included:
- Excavation and off-site disposal of contamination source materials in the equalization lagoon.
- Enhanced reductive dechlorination treatment of contaminated ground water.
- Excavation and dredging of sediments and soil in the discharge area, wetlands, and stream for off-site disposal. Restoration of wetlands.
- Monitored natural attenuation of surface water.
Homes affected by mercury contamination were provided bottled water while the town of Williston extended municipal water supply lines to the area. All homes with mercury contamination in their drinking water wells have been connected to a municipal water supply.
During the completion of the remedial investigation and feasibility study, a removal action was conducted in January and February 2005 to remove the former wastewater treatment plant and a portion of the transfer pipe from the adjacent Dixie Narco, Inc. plant.
The remedial design (RD) phase is underway for the remedy selected in the 2006 ROD. The RD phase includes additional sampling for VOCs in groundwater wells located onsite and offsite as well as sampling of private wells for mercury adjacent to the Site. As noted above, all homes with drinking water wells impacted by mercury contamination have been connected to a municipal water supply. It is anticipated that the RD phase may be completed in 2012 with construction to follow afterwards.
The remedial design (RD) phase is underway for the remedy selected in the 2006 ROD. It is anticipated that the RD phase will be completed in 2011. Construction activities for the cleanup could begin in 2012.
Site cleanup activities are being managed by the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) with oversight by EPA and SCDHEC.
In September 2007, PRPs signed a consent decree with EPA to perform the remedial design and remedial action at the site.
EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities at the Admiral Home Appliances site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public notices, interviews, and public meetings on cleanup activities and updates.
The RD phase may be completed in 2012 with construction to follow afterwards.
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.
The Admiral Home Appliance Site repository is the Williston Public Library.
For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.