The Most Hazardous Contaminated Places and Where They Are

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18. General Electric Co/Shepherd Farm
> Hazard Ranking System score: 70.7
> Location: East Flat Rock, North Carolina
> Listing Date 12/16/1994

General Electric Co/Shepherd Farm is 101 miles west of Charlotte, North Carolina, and GE operated a manufacturing facility there. The EPA put the site on its National Priorities List in 1994, citing groundwater and soil that was contaminated by poor waste handling at the 141-acre site. The EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and GE have taken action to clean up the site, which the EPA said does not pose a threat to those living and working there.

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17. Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station
> Hazard Ranking System score: 70.7
> Location: Havelock, North Carolina
> Listing Date 12/16/1994

Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station opened in 1942 and was placed on the EPA’s National Priorities List in 1994 because of contaminated soil, sediment, and surface water caused by the installation’s operations. The EPA said the contamination at the site does not pose a risk to those living and working there. However, the EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Navy have made efforts to clean up the 13,164-acre site, located about 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, to protect people and the environment from contamination.

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16. Barber Orchard
> Hazard Ranking System score: 70.7
> Location: Waynesville, North Carolina
> Listing Date 9/13/2001

Barber Orchard, the third of three Superfund sites from North Carolina on this list, was a 438-acre apple orchard in western North Carolina that operated on the side of a mountain from 1908 to 1988. The EPA placed the site on its National Priorities List in 2001 because of contaminated groundwater and soil from pesticides and insecticides sprayed on trees and fruit. The EPA says the site does not pose a risk to those living and working there. The EPA and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources continue to monitor the site, which is located near residential properties.

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15. Reynolds Metals Company
> Hazard Ranking System score: 70.7
> Location: Troutdale, Oregon
> Listing Date 12/16/1994

The 800-acre site of the Reynolds Metals Company, located about 17 miles east of Portland, Oregon, near the Columbia River, included an aluminum smelter, which operated from 1941 to 2000. During its operation, vast quantities of waste from the production of aluminum tainted groundwater, soil, and sediment with heavy metals and organic chemicals. Reynolds ended operations there in 2000. The EPA completed the second five-year review of the site’s remedy in 2013 and said the treatment is able to protect people and the environment in the short-term. The groundwater treatment system has to be evaluated to determine if it can be optimized.

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14. Safety Light Corporation
> Hazard Ranking System score: 70.7
> Location: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
> Listing Date 4/27/2005

Self-illuminated watches, instrument dials, and smoke detectors were among products made from the 1940s to the 1960s at the 10-acre Safety Light Corporation site in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, in the central part of the state. The products contained radioactive materials, and the site’s buildings, where the U.S. Radium company once operated, were tainted with such radioactive materials as radium, strontium, cesium, and tritium. After the EPA put the site on its National Priorities List in 2005, the contaminated structures were demolished by 2015 and removed. Removal of tainted soil and sediment continues.