ABERDEEN PESTICIDE DUMPS
On this page:
- About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
- Redevelopment at the Site
- Economic Activity at the Site
- Activity and Use Limitations
About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.
Redevelopment at the Site
The Aberdeen Pesticide Dump Superfund site occupies about 33 acres near Aberdeen in Moore County, North Carolina. The site includes a former pesticide formulation plant (the Farm Chemicals Area) and four waste disposal areas. The waste disposal areas include the Twin Sites Area, the Fairway Six Area, the McIver Dump Area and the Route 211 Area. Pesticide formulation and related waste disposal practices contaminated groundwater, soil, sediment and surface water.
Between 1985 and 1989, EPA and the responsible parties conducted cleanup activities at the five site areas. Cleanup included the removal of contaminated soil, demolition of contaminated buildings and groundwater cleanup. In 1989, EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL).
The Aberdeen Pesticide Dumps site is in partial reuse. There are commercial and recreational land uses located on part of the Site. Other parts of the Site offer potential for light industrial and recreational uses.
- In 2004, part of the 4-acre FC Area was redeveloped as a commercial mini-storage warehouse facility. An industrial and construction supply store and a coffee roaster also operate at the Area.
- People currently use the 22-acre TS Area for recreational purposes, including a public walking trail and fishing in Page’s Lake.
- Currently, the 10-acre F6 Area is part of a now defunct golf course.
- The owner currently uses the 1,300 square-foot R211 Area for storage of personal mechanical equipment and tools. Fencing and a locked gate control access to the R211 Area.
- Fencing and locked gates control access to the 1-acre MD Area. The MD Area is not currently in use.
Soil cleanup is now complete. Water treatment and monitoring is ongoing. The Farm Chemicals Area is now home to an industrial and construction supply store, a gourmet coffee roaster and a commercial mini-storage warehouse facility. The Twin Sites Area now provides recreational opportunities to the local community, supporting a municipal walking trail, pedestrian bridge and fishing in Pages Lake.
Economic Activity at the Site
As of December 2018, EPA had data on 2 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 8 people and generated an estimated $4,742,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.
Activity and Use Limitations
At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.
EPA uses institutional controls to reduce exposure to contamination by restricting access to contaminated areas. Institutional controls can also guide human behavior through legal mechanisms such as deed restrictions and public health warning signs.