Flanders Filters Inc.
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: NCD045922986
Location: Washington, Beaufort County, NC
Congressional District: 03
NPL Status: Superfund Alternative Site
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction Complete - Physical cleanup activities have been completed.
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Continued Industrial Use - An active manufacturing facility.
Site Manager: Jon Bornholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Flanders Filters site is located in Washington, Beaufort County, North Carolina and occupies approximately 65 acres. Flanders Filters, Inc. is an active facility that has manufactured high-efficiency borosilicate glass micro-filers and air filter framing systems on site since 1969. The property currently includes the main plant building, three warehouses, a metal shop, a maintenance shop, a paint shop, a water treatment plant, a chemical storage shelter, a leach field for the septic system, a former spray field, and other support structures.
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.
Soil, subsurface soil, and ground water have been contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, metals, inorganic compounds, and volatile organic compounds.
Approximately 615 people live within a 1-mile radius of the site and about 6,600 within a 4-mile radius. Of the 77 private potable wells in use near the site, none are considered directly hydraulically downgradient of the Flanders Filters facility. Consequently, contamination detected in the ground water and originating from the site will not impact these wells.
Site Cleanup Plan
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the site was issued in 1998. Major cleanup elements for the site included:
- The quality of the ground water and surface water/sediment will be monitored on a periodic basis using monitored natural attenuation. Monitoring of the wetlands between the site and Mitchell Branch shall also be included in this monitoring plan.
- Sample all private wells in the Shad Bend subdivision to insure that these wells have not been adversely impacted by site activities and incorporate these wells into the long-term monitoring plan.
- Institutional controls shall include "land use restrictions" and "deed recordation" under appropriate North Carolina regulations.
- Four inactive supply wells will be abandoned to prevent the migration of contaminants into the lower aquifer. These wells will be abandoned in accordance with North Carolina regulations.
- The aboveground storage tanks in site area #5 will be emptied, cleaned, and disposed of in accordance with the appropriate regulations. Underlying soils will be inspected and sampled if warranted.
Flanders Filters is currently conducting long-term monitored natural attenuation activities. Current data show that the plume is confined to the site and the concentrations of contaminants in the ground water, as well as the size of the plume, are decreasing.
Long-term protectiveness of the remedial action will be verified by obtaining additional ground water samples to monitor continued degradation of the compounds detected in the ground water and enforcement of the institutional controls placed on the site.
Site cleanup activities are being led primarily by Flanders Filters with oversight by EPA.
In February 1996, Flanders Filters, Inc. entered into an Administrative Order on Consent with EPA to conduct a remedial investigation and feasibility study.
In July 1999, EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order to Flanders Filters, Inc. to conduct the remedial design and the remedial action work plan, which was approved in February 2000.
EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities at the Flanders Filters, Inc. 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.
Review the June 2011 Draft Second Five-Year Review Report for the site .
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.
George H. And Laura E. Brown Public Library
122 Van Norden Street
Washington, NC 27817-4847
For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.