Few attend public hearing on DuPont Forest cleanup

A “doughnut hole” of contamination in North Carolina’s DuPont State Recreational Forest likely will be cleaned up in the coming year as a remediation plan moves forward.

State officials held a public comment session on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at the Transylvania County Public Library, but only a half dozen people attended and just one came forward to comment.

Most of the ground contamination from the DuPont plant that existed there has been addressed, but the site where the company made film and silicon is still contaminated with toxic chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The plan calls for removal of some soil and capping and fencing of areas where the chemicals still exist.

The state Division of Waste Management has been overseeing the remediation activities, which have included the demolition and removal of the former plant and the removal of X-ray film waste.

The plan, drafted by DuPont in May, 2016, was presented to the public and changes were made based on feedback. If no major changes to the plan were suggested by public comment, work should begin sometime early 2017 and be completed in two to three years.

The draft of the plan can be found here.


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