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Ram Leather Care
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Site Description

The Ram Leather Care Site is located in a rural area of eastern Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The site is an inactive former dry cleaning facility that operated from 1977 - 1993. Chlorinated hydrocarbon chemicals, primarily tetrachlorothene (PCE) and petroleum hydrocarbons (mineral spirits) were used in the cleaning process. An onsite well and the nearest four residential wells to the north, east and south of the site show contamination with PCE at concentrations up to 4,800 micrograms per liter. The site owner was advised not to use water from the facility well for any purpose.

Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date

  • In 1996, EPA conducted a preliminary assessment/site inspection (PA/SI) at the site.
  • In 1997, EPA sampled private wells in the vicinity of the site. The results indicated that contamination levels were high. In response to these findings, EPA installed point-of-entry carbon filtration units on four residential wells.
  • EPA completed a remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) and signed an interim response action remedy for the site in 2004. The interim soil remedy actions include excavation, off-site transportation, and disposal at a subtitle C or D landfill. The ground water components of the interim remedy consist of pump and treat with physical/chemical treatment and groundwater monitoring.
  • In 2006, EPA started an emergency response action to extend public water supply lines to four residences. When completed, the action will eliminate the ongoing need to maintain well filtration units.
  • In 2007, EPA began the RI/FS on the groundwater aquifer to determine the nature and extent of the contamination in the bedrock aquifer.
  • Also in 2007, EPA funded the interim response action for soil and groundwater on the site. The treatment system will pump ground water contaminated with volatile organic compounds from an on-site deep well. After pumping the ground water, the system will treat and discharge it to a pond located onsite. The interim soil remedy involves excavation and off-site transportation and disposal. In addition, routine sampling of area monitoring wells and residential wells will occur.

Current Funding Status

  • In FY 2007, EPA has obligated approximately $2.3 million to fund the cleanup and operation and maintenance at the site.

For more information on this site, please read the Ram Leather Care Fact Sheet on the Region 4 Superfund web site.

Key Accomplishments

  • Point-of-entry carbon filtration units on four residential wells have been installed due to the detection of high levels of contaminants.

  • In 2006, EPA started an emergency response action to extend public water supply lines to four residences.

  • EPA has started an RI/FS on the groundwater aquifer to determine the nature and extent of the contamination in the bedrock aquifer.

  • Routine sampling of area monitoring wells and residential wells is ongoing.

 

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