Havelock residents on old dump living in fear

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 05:49 PM.

So far, about 35 sites have been identified in the city, but Miller stressed that the only way for the city and the EPA to know about others is for residents to come forward and add their properties to the list.

"If there’s something that needs to be added, they need to get it to us," she said. "We’re moving as quickly as we can on this."

The grant covers just three years and is for assessment and testing of potentially hazardous property only. The money is not for any cleanup costs.

"We need a bunch of that assessment spent right here, Tall Pine Road," resident Raymond Reider said, pointing out the spot on a map to David Sykes, senior environmental scientist with Mid Atlantic Engineering and Environmental Solutions.

That company is guiding the city through the grant process.

"In general, the purpose of the grant is economic development," Sykes said. "That’s the EPA’s ultimate goal, to take an abandoned property and bring it back to use."

Miller said residents who were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting can still get their property added to the list for potential testing by calling her at Havelock City Hall at 444-6400. 

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