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Jadco-Hughes Facility

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: NCD980729602
Location: Belmont, Gaston County, NC
Lat/Long: 35.275830, -081.041110
Congressional District: 09
NPL Status: Proposed: 10/15/84; Final: 06/10/86
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction Complete – Physical cleanup activities have been completed.
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Michael Townsend (townsend.michael@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Jadco-Hughes Facility site includes an area where C.A. Hughes operated a solvent reclamation and storage facility from 1971 to 1975 and Jadco stored chemical waste drums in 1975. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1986 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from facility operations and waste handling practices at the site. EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP) Steering Committee, a subset of the site’s PRP Group, 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. A water line connects nearby residences and businesses to the public water supply. By treating ground water and soil, placing institutional controls on the site property, and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, NCDENR and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

Site Location and Background

The 6-acre site is located on Cason Street in Belmont, Gaston County, North Carolina. A neighborhood that includes low-income residents borders the site to the north. Commercial businesses border the site to the south. A forested area borders the site to the east. Cason Street and commercial businesses border the site to the west. Catawba Heights Elementary School is located east of the site but has not been affected by site contamination. The site’s broader surroundings include residential and commercial land uses.

From 1971 to 1975, C.A. Hughes operated a solvent reclamation and storage facility at the site. Operations included reprocessing of chemical waste from industries to recover usable materials and storage of the materials on site. In 1975, Jadco leased the site and equipment at the site. Operations resulted in a large quantity of chemical waste drums at the site. Jadco’s operations ended in late 1975. In 1986, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Currently, the site is not in use. The site can support commercial and industrial uses. Fencing surrounds the site and limit access.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from operations and waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), other organic compounds and heavy metals.

Ground water contamination remains at the site. EPA does not consider ground water contamination a threat because a water line connects all nearby residences and businesses to the public water supply. The site’s PRPs continue to treat contaminated ground water.

The PRPs placed institutional controls on the site property to restrict land use to commercial and industrial uses and to prohibit use of ground water.

EPA determined that soil contamination does not pose a threat to people. The PRPs continue to treat contaminated soil.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The Steering Committee for the site’s PRPs leads site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and NCDENR.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1990, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

In 1994, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) to add soil sampling following the completion of soil cleanup activities to determine whether soil leachate meets ground water cleanup level goals.

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD.

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Cleanup Progress

By 1978, the site’s PRPs had removed 18,000 drums of waste from the site. The PRPs also placed contaminated soil in an unlined landfill on site and regraded the site.

In 1983, the PRPs removed additional bulk storage tanks and other drums from the site.

In 1996, the PRPs began soil and ground water treatment at the site.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2011, found that the cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment in the short term. In order for the site to remain protective in the long term, the Five-Year Review recommended evaluating the ground water treatment system to determine whether it is preventing contaminant migration. The Five-Year Review also recommended developing a plan to address ground water contamination downgradient of the ground water treatment system.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site’s PRP Group to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP Group continues to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA has 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 has 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. Outreach efforts have included public notices, interviews and public meetings.

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Future Work

EPA and the site’s PRPs are working to implement the recommendations from the Five-Year Review.

Soil and ground water treatment are ongoing.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2011 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2016.

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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

Belmont Public Library
111 Central Avenue
Belmont, NC 28012

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