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Superfund Site Report: RAM LEATHER CARE SITE
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway

    Conditions at Proposal (April 30, 2003): The Ram Leather Care site is a former dry cleaning facility located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The facility, which operated from 1977 to 1993, is situated in a rural area in eastern Mecklenburg County, about 1,500 feet west of the Cabarrus County line. A sample taken in 1991 from the facility's drinking water well, which served 8 to 10 employees at the time, showed tetrachloroethylene (PCE) at 4,690 micrograms per liter. As a result, use of the well was discontinued and a new well was installed. Later sampling has shown that this well also was contaminated. In addition, chlorinated solvents have been detected in residential wells near the facility. Ram Leather Care employees and nearby residents with contaminated wells were advised not to consume the ground water. Illegal open burning of PCE filters was discovered at the Ram Leather Care facility in April 1991. Subsequently, 49 unmarked drums were discovered on a pad on the west side of the building. Drum bungs were found open, and the drums were standing in liquid. An illegal boiler blowoff discharge also was observed. Soil and runoff samples collected during this time showed the presence of chlorinated solvents and phthalates. In June 1991, the drums were manifested off site to a reclamation site. The boiler blowoff discharge was discontinued.  More...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    DDD    X
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for RAM LEATHER CARE SITE:

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    EPA ID: NCD982096653
    Address: 15100 ALBEMARLE RD
    CHARLOTTE, NC 28215
    Site Ownership: Unknown
    Category of Site: No data
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 29, 2003
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: Unknown
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