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Beaunit Corp. (Circular Knit & Dye)

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: SCD000447268
Location: Fountain Inn, Greenville County, SC
Lat/Long: 34.698060, -082.216110
Congressional District: 04
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final: 02/21/90
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction complete - physical cleanup activities have been completed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: William Joyner (joyner.william@epa.gov)

Current Site Status

The Beaunit Corp. (Circular Knit & Dyeing Plant) site includes a lagoon area where a knitting, dyeing and finishing plant disposed of wastewater from its operations from 1951 to 1977. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1990 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from waste handling practices. EPA, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) 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 monitoring ground water, placing institutional controls on the site property and undertaking required Five-Year Reviews, EPA, SCDHEC and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 1.3-acre site is located along Valley View Road in northwest Fountain Inn, 15 miles southeast of Greenville. The site includes an abandoned, unlined former wastewater lagoon and the surrounding area. Residential areas, forested land and commercial businesses border the site to the north. Industrial facilities border the site to the south. Forested land, an industrial facility and residential areas border the site to the east. Valley View Road, forested land and residential areas border the site to the west. 

From 1951 to 1977, the knitting, dyeing and finishing plant disposed of wastewater from its operations in the lagoon on site. The plant transported wastewater to the lagoon and wastewater treatment structures through a pipeline. In 1977, the plant connected to the municipal sewage system and stopped using the lagoon. In 1980, parties demolished the wastewater treatment structures and partially filled in the lagoon with demolition debris and soil. Wilson Sporting Goods, a sporting goods manufacturer located next to the site, also disposed of non-hazardous materials from their operations at the site. In 1990, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Currently, the site is not in use. Fencing and locked gates control access to the site.

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Threats and Contaminants

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

The site’s PRPs have addressed soil contamination.

Contamination affected ground water on site. The PRPs continue to monitor ground water. A water line connects residents and businesses near the site to the public water supply.

Fencing and locked gates control access to the site.

The PRPs placed institutional controls on the site property to prohibit the use of ground water and development on the cap.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s PRPs lead site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and SCDHEC.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1995, 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.

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Cleanup Progress

The site’s PRPs conducted cleanup activities from 1996 until 1998, including backfilling the lagoon, covering the lagoon with a clay and soil cap, revegetating the cap, grading the site and installing a fence and security signs.

From 1998 until 2003, the PRPs monitored ground water and surface water at the site.

From 2005 until 2007, the PRPs monitored ground water, surface water and sediment.

The site’s second Five-Year Review, completed in 2008, found that the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. The Five-Year Review recommended placement of institutional controls on the property next to the site.

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 PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continue 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 completed the last Five-Year Review in 2008 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2013.

The site’s PRPs continue to monitor ground water and maintain the capped area.

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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

Greenville County Library
400 North Main Street
Fountain Inn, SC 29644

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