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GMH Electronics - Formerly known as Halifax Road

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: NCN000410161
Location: Roxboro, Person County, NC
Lat/Long: 36.416187, -078.944155
Congressional District: 13
NPL Status: Proposed: 04/09/09; Final: 09/23/09
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Early Action Initiated/Completed; Investigation underway
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Insufficient data
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Not in usepotential for future commercial/light industrial use
Site Manager: Corey Hendrix (hendrix.corey@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The GMH Electronics site, formerly known as the Halifax Road site, includes the area where GMH Electronics operated an electronics facility. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2009 because of contaminated ground water resulting from facility operations. EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) and the U.S. Geological Survey (the USGS) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. By conducting ground water studies and preparing a cleanup plan for the site, EPA, NCDENR and the USGS continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The half-acre site is located at 1800 Virgilina Road, approximately three-quarters of a mile northeast of Roxboro in Person County, North Carolina. The site includes the GMH Electronics building, which is located on the southeast corner of the Halifax Road and Virgilina Road intersection, and a former gas station, which is located on the northwest corner of the intersection. EPA believes these two buildings are the source areas of contamination found in residential drinking water wells.

Site surroundings include residential properties, forested areas and commercial businesses. GMH Electronics operated an electronics facility at the site. In 2009, EPA listed the site on the NPL. The site is currently not in use.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from facility operations at the site. Contaminant of concern include trichloroethylenetetrachloroethylene1,1,1-trichloroethane1,1-dichloroethene, 1,2-dichloroethene, benzenetoluene and xylene.

Site investigations found ground water contamination in several on-site wells and wells on properties surrounding the site. The nearest impacted off-site well is located on a residential property approximately 75 feet east of the site. Person County has offered to connect all homes with affected or potentially affected ground water to the public water supply. EPA and Person County have connected 42 homes to the public water supply.

In 2008, EPA assessed whether residents or workers might be at risk from harmful ground water vapors in buildings. EPA found that vapor intrusion did not pose a threat to residents and workers.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA leads site investigation and cleanup activities in cooperation with NCDENR. The USGS is assisting EPA with site ground water investigations.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In April 2009, EPA issued an interim plan (an Record of Decision, or interim ROD) to mitigate risks at the site. The plan included connecting affected or potentially affected residents and businesses as well as residents living in a 500-foot buffer zone around the last contaminated well to the public water supply. .

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Cleanup Progress

In 2007, EPA began immediate distribution of bottled water to 17 residences. EPA also installed filter systems at five homes with high levels of contamination in drinking water. NCDENR installed filter systems at two additional homes.

In 2008, EPA sampled 89 private drinking water wells near the site. EPA found contamination in 45 of the wells. In response, EPA provided bottled water to 13 additional homes. 

In 2009, EPA completed a study evaluating three cleanup alternatives to prevent people’s exposure to contaminated drinking water. EPA also published a Proposed Plan, which outlined connecting all residents with contaminated drinking water wells and residents living in a 500-foot buffer zone around the last contaminated well to the public water supply. EPA then issued an interim ROD to carry out these activities.

EPA and Person County received federal funding to fund the extension of the public water supply. In 2010, EPA and the County completed construction of the water line, connecting 42 homes to the public water supply. Following the water line’s construction, EPA removed the site’s water filtration systems and terminated bottled water service to local homes and businesses. Person County has overseen the abandonment of private wells and several contaminated wells near the site area.

In 2011, EPA and the USGS began an on-site ground water study using existing wells.

More information on the 2007 removal action is available on OSCnet.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA has been unable to identify any viable potentially responsible parties for the site. EPA is using federal funds to conduct site studies and investigations.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act monies have partly funded short-term activities at 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 include public notices, interviews, updated site and Recovery Act Web pages, and public meetings.

In 2009, EPA hosted a public meeting to explain the Proposed Plan and the cleanup alternatives presented in the site study. Person County also held a public information meeting to inform area residents of the project schedule.

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Future Work

EPA and the USGS are conducting a ground water study using existing wells 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

Person County Public Library
319 South Main Street
Roxboro, NC  27573

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