Superfund Site Profile
The 42-acre Horton Iron and Metal site is located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Fertilizer manufacturing took place at the site from 1911 to 1954. During the 1960s and 1970s, ship breaking of World War II Liberty ships took place in the two slips on site. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2011 because of contaminated soil, sediment and groundwater from past industrial operations at the site. EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the area to protect people and the environment from contamination. EPA has tested private wells in use around the site and did not identify any threats. EPA and NCDENR are working with the site’s PRPs to fully assess site-related threats to people and the environment and to evaluate cleanup options.