Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): Benfield Industries, Inc., started mixing and packaging bulk chemicals on a 3.5-acre site in Hazelwood, Haywood County, North Carolina, in 1976. The company listed a wide range of organic and inorganic chemicals for sale. In 1982, a fire destroyed most of the plant; except for minor mixing operations and cleanup of debris from the fire, operations ceased. In 1986, Benfield removed other debris and usable chemicals from the site in preparation for selling the land. Prior to 1976, Unagusta Furniture Co. manufactured mattresses and produced lumber on the site. In September 1985, the North Carolina Division of Health Services (NCDHS) inspected the site. Analyses by NCDHS indicated high concentrations of polycyclic HYDROCARBONS, including BIPHENYL, CARBAZOLE, DIPHENYLENE OXIDE, FLUORANTHENE, FLUORENE, and PYRENE, in soil on the western portion of the site and in other places on the site. More...
Sources of Contamination:
- Inadvertent spill
- Storage - raw material