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Charles Macon Lagoon & Drum Storage Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) Site

EPA Identifier: NCD980840409
CERCLIS ID: NCD980840409
34.8925, -79.8375

Cordova, NC

Final Date: 19870722

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Federal Register Notice:  July 22, 1987

Conditions at proposal (January 22, 1987): The Charles Macon Lagoon and Drum Storage Site covers 16 acres on State Road 1103 in Richmond County, approximately 1.5 miles southwest of Cordova, North Carolina. The owner operated a waste oil reclamation facility which also accepted other wastes, including spent solvents, acids, and bases. The facility was leased to another operator in May 1981. Operations ceased in October 1981 when the owner died.

During a site inspection in 1980, the North Carolina Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Branch (SHWMB) found 11 lagoons containing waste oil and sludge and 2,173 55-gallon drums containing various chemical wastes. Eight of the lagoons were unlined and overflowing. The State's analyses of the oil and sludge wastes in the lagoons found lead, chromium, and barium at concentrations considered hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The drums contained hazardous substances, which included acetone, methanol, toluene, vinyl thinners, epoxy, enamels, lacquers, ethyl acetate, methylene chloride, and sodium hydroxide.

In November 1982, the owner's estate started to clean up the site under a State court order obtained by SHWMB in August 1982. After removal of 300 55-gallon drums and installation of two on-site monitoring wells, the estate's resources were expended. In November 1983, using CERCLA emergency funds, EPA began to remove all remaining drums and excavated and filled in all but one of the lagoons. The one unexcavated lagoon contains solidified creosote waste, solidified sludge, 43 crushed empty drums, and contaminated soil from the cleanup operation. This lagoon was then filled in and capped with 3 feet of clay.

During February and March 1985, EPA detected barium, chromium, trichloroethylene, 1,1-dichloroethane, and 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane in monitoring wells downgradient of the site. An estimated 1,100 people draw drinking water from private wells within 3 miles of the site, the nearest at 440 feet.

The property slopes gently southwest toward the Pee Dee River, located approximately 1 mile west of the site. Between the site and the Pee Dee River are two ponds, two streams, and a swamp. In 1985, EPA detected toluene, which was identified in the wastes during cleanup activities, in the sediments of the pond closest to the site. Sediment samples from the other locations did not contain toluene above the minimum detection limits.

Status (July 22, 1987): The Department of Justice, on behalf of EPA, has filed an action against several generators of hazardous substances sent to the site, the facility operator, and the property owner to recover the costs of EPA's removal action at the site and all future costs. The enforcement action is scheduled to go to trial in early 1988.