Superfund Site Profile

The Remedial Investigation, Feasibility Study, Remedial Design/Remedial Action Work Plan, cleanup activities, and numerous groundwater monitoring reports have been completed. The third five-year review (FYR) of the remedy implemented at the Site was completed in September 2016.

The 2016 Third FYR Report did not identify any issues or recommendations. The “Protectiveness Statement” declared in this FYR stated, “The remedy at the Site is protective of human health and the environment. There are no exposure pathways to the contaminated groundwater and the groundwater plume is naturally attenuating and is not migrating. The EPA and the NCDEQ believe that active management of the Site will be protective of human health and the environment. The biennial groundwater monitoring at the Site indicates that attenuation is occurring. There are currently no issues at the Site.” The next FYR will be completed by September 2021.


The Flanders Filters, Inc. facility is located south of U.S. Highway 264 on Flanders Filters Road (State Road 1427) in Washington, North Carolina. Flanders has used the 65-acre property since 1969 to manufacture high-efficiency, borosilicate glass micro-filters and air filter framing systems. Flanders Filters, Inc. remains operational at this location.

The Flanders Filters site (Site) has not been proposed for the National Priorities List (NPL), however, it is considered a NPL caliber site as the groundwater contamination at the Site is the caliber of contamination found at sites listed on the NPL. Since there has only been one owner/operator of this property after being developed into an industrial complex, no "Responsible Party Search" was performed. Flanders Filters, Inc. has been and remains the sole owner/operator of the facility.

The Site is bordered to the north by Highway 264 and further north by grass fields. Mitchell Branch, which drains to the south into Tranters Creek, borders the east side of the property. The property is bordered to the south and southwest by the Shad Bend residential community and further south by Tranters Creek and wetlands. The property is bound to the west by undeveloped grass fields.