Castle Hayne site removed from Superfund list
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The former site of a chemical company in New Hanover County is one of 22 properties no longer on the the federal Superfund’s National Priorities List.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Reasor Chemical Company site in Castle Hayne is among the largest number of deletions from the list in more than a decade.
“Under President Trump, EPA is deleting Superfund sites from the National Priorities List at the fastest pace in more than a decade,” EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a news release. “This remarkable accomplishment is proof that cleaning up contaminated lands and returning them to safe and productive use is a top priority of the Trump EPA.”
According to the EPA, the Reasor Chemical Company site is an abandoned stump rendering facility, which operated from 1959 to 1972. A fire and possible explosion on the property on April 7, 1972, damaged and destroyed the remaining buildings and material on site. Contaminated soil, sediment and surface water were cleaned up to residential and ecological cleanup goals in 2008, and groundwater cleanup goals were met in 2017, the EPA says. The agency says the property is vacant, and though the current property owners do not have immediate plans to sell, the property can be converted to a wildlife habitat, recreational trail walking or residential area.
The site is located on US 117 (N. College Road) near King Castle Lane just south of Castle Hayne Elementary School and Holly Shelter Middle School.
The National Priorities List includes the nation’s most serious hazardous waste sites. The EPA says it deletes sites from the NPL when no more cleanup is needed to protect human health or the environment.