Superfund Site Profile

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The Hemphill Road TCE (trichloroethylene) site is located in South Gastonia, North Carolina. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2013 because of contaminated groundwater that has affected private and community drinking water supplies. EPA and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) have taken steps to protect members of the local community from the contamination by providing whole-house well filters to four properties where TCE exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) and by monitoring private and community wells in the area.

EPA and NCDENR will continue to make sure members of the local community and the environment are protected from site contamination through site investigations and continued well monitoring. EPA is undertaking a remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS) at the site to understand the type, source and extent of contamination before developing a cleanup plan for the site. Gastonia Industrial Truck, Inc., (GIT) is currently in operation on the site’s northwest parcel. There are no operations on the wooded southeast parcel where alleged disposal activities took place in the 1950s. The contaminated groundwater is not believed to be attributable to GIT’s current or past operations.