Do other waste sites exist?
- Beginning in 2006, Stanly County officials started raising concerns about additional waste sites that may have been overlooked or ignored by Alcoa. In each instance, Alcoa has worked closely with State or County officials to investigate these claims and search for any evidence of waste.
- On April 19, 2007, County Manager Jerry Myers submitted a letter to DENR that listed 15 possible waste sites. Dexter Matthews, Director of the Division of Waste Management, reviewed the sites and responded to Mr. Myers on May 18, 2007.
Mr. Matthews noted that 10 of the sites were currently “being addressed or have already been addressed by the Division’s Hazardous Waste Section as part of the RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) corrective action process.” Another two sites were old landfills that are included on the State’s inventory of old landfills identified for future action.
The three additional sites included:
(1) The former Yadkin Brick plant, which is not owned by Alcoa. In September, 2007, DENR investigated the site where permission was granted by one of the current owners. No evidence of waste was noted. The other property owner denied DENR access. The State has indicated that Alcoa does not have any responsibility for the remediation of this site.
(2) A lime disposal area that Alcoa had reported to the N.C. Division of Waste Management in February 2007. Alcoa investigated the site, collected soil and groundwater samples and hired an outside environmental firm to conduct an independent risk assessment. Results show that chemicals found there are contained, have not impacted soil, groundwater or surface water and are unlikely to pose unacceptable risk to human health or the environment. Those results were shared with the State and local officials.
(3) A site near Mountain Creek Dam (Mercedes Road) where steel drums containing hazardous waste were believed to be buried. This location has never been owned by Alcoa or used for waste disposal by the company. Three representatives from DENR investigated the site on November 16, 2007, using ground penetrating radar to search for metal drums. The search did not indicate any burial of waste materials or any disturbance.
- Stanly County raised concerns about another potential waste site, known as the Chivington Site near Little Mountain Creek, in a June 2007 filing with FERC. On November 20, 2007, two members of N.C. Inactive Hazardous Site Branch, investigated alleged dumping site. No evidence of a site was found. Alcoa conducted a follow-up investigation in December 2007 to pinpoint the exact location. An electromagnetic survey was performed to search for metal drums to an approximate depth of 30 feet. The study did not indicate the presence of any metal drums or hazardous waste.