Superfund Site: REASOR CHEMICAL COMPANY
CASTLE HAYNE, NC

Superfund Site Profile

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SITE BACKGROUND

 

The Reasor Chemical Company site is located at 5100 North College Road (Hwy 132), in Castle Hayne, New Hanover County, North Carolina. Castle Hayne is approximately 13 miles north of Wilmington. The site is an abandoned stump rendering facility, which operated from 1959 to 1972 under the name of Reasor Chemical Company. The site property consists of one parcel of 25.59 acres. A fire and possible explosion occurred on the property on April 7, 1972, which damaged and destroyed the remaining buildings and material on the site property. The property is currently vacant, overgrown with native brush and secondary growth forest, and has unpaved roads running throughout.

According to EPA records, the Reasor Chemical Company produced turpentine, pine resin, pitch, tall oil, pine oil, camphor, pine tar, and charcoal from pine tree stumps. It is believed that the facility used various solvents to extract raw product from chipped stumps, distilling the extract into separate product fractions. The solvents used in the extraction process were likely stored on-site in 55-gallon drums, the remains of which were located in a surface drum disposal area near the center of the property. The EPA concluded that four of the five ponds on-site were used in the manufacturing process. Those four ponds contained sediments with elevated concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and inorganic compounds. The EPA also concluded that an area thought to have been used to store scrap copper was also present, which had elevated concentrations of copper and lead.

Contamination was discovered in 1989 as a result of a Preliminary Environmental / Liability Assessment that was conducted for a prospective purchaser of the property. Additional site historical detail can be reviewed in the Amended ROD dated June 1, 2007, and the Interim Remedial Action and Final Remediation Report, Revision 3, prepared by Apex Companies, LLC (Apex) dated June 24, 2008.