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North Carolina State University (Lot 86 Farm Unit #1)


A portion of the North Carolina State University site is currently being used for a solar energy project.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: NCD980557656
Location: Raleigh, Wake County, NC
Lat/Long: 35.801810, -078.713580
Congressional District: 04
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: A solar energy project operates on a portion of the site.
Site Manager: Michael Townsend (townsend.michael@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The North Carolina State University (Lot 86 Farm Unit #1) site includes an area where North Carolina State University (NCSU) disposed of wastes from science laboratories and agricultural research facilities from 1969 until 1980. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1986 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from waste handling practices. EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and NCSU, the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP), 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 treating and monitoring ground water, placing institutional controls on the site property, and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, NCDENR and the site’s PRP continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

Site Location and Background

The 1.5-acre site is located on the NCSU campus in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina. The State of North Carolina owns the site and surrounding properties. Forested areas and the Wade Avenue extension border the site to the north. Trinity Road and a sports practice facility border the site to the south. A forested area borders the site to the east. A parking lot for Carter-Finley Stadium and sports arenas borders the site to the west.

From 1969 until 1980, NCSU science laboratories and agricultural research facilities disposed of wastes at the site. Disposal activities placed wastes in containers and buried the containers in 10-foot trenches on site. In 1986, EPA listed the site on the NPL. A solar energy project is currently located on a portion of the site. Fencing surrounds the site and controls 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 waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include inorganic compounds, organic compounds, heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and radioactive wastes.

The site’s PRP has addressed soil contamination at the site. The PRP also placed institutional controls on the site property to restrict land use and prohibit ground water use at the site.

The PRP is working to address ground water contamination at the site.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s PRP leads site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and NCDENR.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1996, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD and Five-Year Reviews.

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Cleanup Progress

The site’s PRP completed soil cleanup activities in 1999.

The PRP completed construction of the ground water extraction and treatment system in 2006. The PRP continues to treat and monitor contaminated ground water.

The site’s second Five-Year Review, completed in 2008, found that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment in the short term. For the cleanup to be protective over the long term, the Five-Year Review recommended additional work. The PRP followed up on Five-Year Reviews by implementing institutional controls at the site and continuing to treat and monitor ground water.
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 to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP 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

The site’s PRP continues to treat and monitor ground water.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2008 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2013.

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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

Cameron Village Regional Public Library
1930 Clark Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605

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