Wilmington site added to EPA’s Superfund list


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County business’s property is among six new hazardous sites in the southeast added to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund site.

The EPA says there is contamination at a portion of the Horton Iron and Metal property at 2216 US 421 North, which was historically operated as a phosphate fertilizer manufacturing facility, along with sediments in two boat slips located on the Northeast Cape Fear River. The boat slips reportedly contain high levels of arsenic and lead.

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According to the EPA, from 1911 to 1949, American Agricultural Chemical Company operated a phosphate fertilizer manufacturer with a lead-acid chamber fertilizer plant. Naco Fertilizer Company continued the fertilizer operations from 1949 to 1954. W.R. Grace owned the property from 1954-1959, but operations are unknown during this period. During the 1960s and 1970s, Horton conducted ship-breaking operations and metal salvage of World War II Liberty Ships in the two boat slips.

Current Horton Iron and Metal is a metal recycling facility. It occupies about 38 acres along the Northeast Cape Fear River.

With all NPL sites, EPA tries to identify and locate the parties potentially responsible for the contamination to either fund the cleanup or conduct the cleanup with EPA oversight. For the newly listed sites without viable potentially responsible parties, EPA will fund the cleanup.

For more information visit http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/nar1827.htm