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EPA is currently overseeing work conducted by Highland Industries Inc. under a consent agreement to remove PCB-contaminated soil in Huckleberry Park, the Highland facility property, and an adjacent ditch. There were no open excavations at the time of the storm. Excavation and backfilling at Huckleberry Park was completed in the week prior to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. The park experienced significant flooding due to the storm and excessive rainfall. Five nearby homes received flooding.

An EPA On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) mobilized to the site on September 21, 2018 to collect sediment deposition samples from the residential homes that were flooded. The sampling results showed detections of PCB contamination and EPA has offered temporary accomodations to these residents while cleanup of the sediment is being conducted. This cleanup action is specific to the flooding caused by Hurricane Florence and is not connected to the ongoing time-critical removal action mentioned above.

EPA added the Burlington Industries Cheraw site to the National Priorities List (NPL) on May 17, 2018. EPA proposed the site to the NPL on January 18, 2018. The public comment period ended on March 19, 2018. Two comments were received. EPA addresses these comments in the May 17 rule to finalize the site on the NPL. EPA has prepared a draft Statement Of Work and is preparing to issue notice letters to commence negotiation of an Remedial InvstigationI/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) Administrative Order by Consent (AOC). If a PRP is unwilling or unable to conduct the RI/FS, EPA will proceed Fund-lead.

More information on current site cleanup activities can be found in the Current Site Status.

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EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices and public meetings.

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