Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway
Conditions at Proposal (January 11, 2001): The Barber Orchard site is located along U.S. Highway 74 in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina. The property is about 400 acres in size and was used as a commercial apple from about 1908 to 1988; a portion of the property is still used to grow apples. Part of the orchard has been developed into a residential community. Throughout its operational years, various pesticide mixtures containing DDT, HEXACHLOROCYCLOHEXANE (BHC), ENDRIN, and/or DIELDRIN, as well as ARSENIC, LEAD, and other hazardous substances, were applied to the orchard to control insects and rodents. Pesticides and related metals from spills, leaks, and improper disposal of pesticide-contaminated containers, as well as from product application, have been detected in soils and ground water throughout the site. The site is being proposed to the NPL because pesticide-related contamination is present in residential soils and in private drinking water wells. More...