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Toxic Soil Cleanup Near RDU Could Start Soon

Posted April 17, 2007

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— Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency met Tuesday to discuss a plan to clean up an estimated 100,000 tons of toxic soil near Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville.

Environmental officials say cancer-causing chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) leaked from transformers at Ward Transformer facility between Interstate 40 and N.C. Highway 70.

Investigators found high levels of (PCBs) on 11 acres of land near the airport in the 1970s.
Since then, the chemical seeped into Lake Crabtree and has moved four miles downstream, causing warnings to go up about eating fish from the water.

Most of the soil will be excavated and heated so that the PCBs are destroyed. That process will begin in about two months.

There is still no plan for treating the contaminated water and sediment.

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  • ladybug467 Apr 18, 2007

    in reference to what jasonicholas said. This stuff is more near than you think, ask around about the old dump site behind Carter football area and near where the RBC center is. There is a pond back there that I have seen pink and red due to "stuff", in the summer when the water line was low you could see the tops of the barrels, and I'm not old.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Apr 18, 2007

    The old saying goes "Haste makes waste". So I guess waste doesn't make haste.

  • CherryDarling Apr 18, 2007

    Soon???

    Uh, how about before someone gives birth to a four armed, twelve toed, two headed kid?

  • tarheelblue919 Apr 18, 2007

    i agree with mntndreamn

  • ReelThing Apr 18, 2007

    There needs to be a statewide clean-up of ALL lakes and waterways. Irresponsible planning & development along with runoff from lawns and streets/parking lots are poisoning our vital waterways (example: the Neuse River beginning in the Triangle). The majority of people could hardly care less as long as "it's not in my yard".

  • jasonicholas Apr 18, 2007

    I WORK IN HEALTHCARE. THIS OLDER GENTLEMAN I USED TO WORK WITH TOLD ME HOW THEY USED TO TAKE XRAY EXPOSURE LIQUIDS, NUCLEAR MEDICINE RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES, AND NUMEROUS OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES OUT NEAR A BUNCH OF OPEN LAND NEAR RDU AND JUST DUMP IT. I WAS ALSO TOLD THEY USED TO DUMP A LOT MORE STUFF OUT THERE, BACK BEFORE DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATIONS. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT "WARD TRANSFORMER" AND THE "LEAK" THEY SPEAK OF, BUT THE AREA HOSPITALS DID ENOUGH DAMAGE ON THEIR OWN. THIS IS JUST ONE ACCOUNT AND I CANNOT CONFIRM THE STORY, BUT YOU BETTER WEAR A RADIATION SUIT NEXT TIME YOU'RE WITHIN 15-20 SQUARE MILES OF RDU.

  • ReelThing Apr 18, 2007

    independent thinker: I don't want to change the subject...re. your post yesterday evening (@ 7;32, "Bush Mourns With Nation"), you are to be commended! Hands down, one of the best post yet. KUDOS!

  • independent_thinker Apr 18, 2007

    Talk about a broken market and corporate welfare.

    Ward Transformer its officers, and shareholders should be picking up the tab, not the taxpayers. It's immoral, illegal, and unethical to shift the costs. If the company doesn't exist, the rights of taxpayers should have superceded other creditor claims.

    Toxin producing companies should bear the real cost of doing business; let's eliminate the phony taxpayer subsidy model we exist under.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Apr 18, 2007

    raise taxes!!!! that seems to solve everything!

  • baracus Apr 18, 2007

    The EPA can only cleanup as many sites as its budget will allow. The companies that make these messes are ultimately the ones responsible, yet they conveniently get let off the hook.

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