Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): The New Hanover County Airport Burn Pit is on Gardner Drive west of the New Hanover County Airport in Wilmington, North Carolina. The burn pit is of earthen construction, 30 by 50 feet, and roughly 2 feet above ground level. It does not extend below the land surface. The county constructed the burn pit around 1968. During approximately 1968-79, the Cape Fear Technical Institute used the pit for fire-training purposes, burning jet fuel and GASOLINE in the burn pit and extinguishing the fires with water. The Wilmington Fire Department also used the burn pit for fire-training purposes during 1968-76. Jet fuel and drainage from PETROLEUM fuel storage tanks in the area were burned and the fires extinguished with water, carbon dioxide, and dry chemicals. Sometime prior to 1982, sorbent material used in river spill cleanups was dumped into the pit. In addition, fuel OIL, kerosene, and OIL from OIL spill cleanups were burned in the pit. The pit holds approximately 22,500 gallons, of which 85 percent is water. More...
Sources of Contamination:
- Explosive disposal/detonation