The government will take no further action as it relates to potential cleanup of an environmental site at Cherry Point, according to the official record of decision.
The site is a former pesticide mixing area about an acre in size where two buildings were once located.
The site, officially recorded as site No. 83, is located off Roosevelt Boulevard and is near the east prong of Slocum Creek.
The Navy, in its record of decision, determined that no further action was needed at the site as it poses "no unacceptable risk to human health or the environment" under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources reviewed and approved of the findings, according to the report.
The building that housed the pesticide mixing area was constructed in 1948 and was used for pesticide mixing and storage from 1965 to 1981. It was later used for storage and administrative space until 1997, and the building was eventually torn down.
During the time the building was used for mixing of pesticides, a wash rack was located at the site, and a drain led to a slope that led to a wetlands area near the east prong of Slocum Creek.
Cherry Point identified the site and initial tests of soil and groundwater pointed to the need for more investigation of the site. Initial tests in 2002 found high levels of pesticides, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons nearby, but those could not be directly linked to the site. Possible sources included an old debris pile as well as a 1996 oil spill near the area.
Testing of 156 samples in 2009 determined that the levels of pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the soil exceeded standards, but no leeching into the groundwater was discovered. Lead found in the soil did not exceed standards.
According to the record of decision, the site was not the source of groundwater contamination in the area, and current or future use of the site is unlimited.
As part of the examination of the site, insects in the area were tested in 2005, with no unacceptable risks found. Because of the soil type as well as the steep slope, the area is not considered good habitat, and thus the ecological risk was determined not to be significant, according to the report.
The report also concludes that contaminants did not reach Slocum Creek and thus had no impact on habitat in the creek.
Based on the results of the 2009 tests, a report determined carcinogenic risks did not exceed EPA standards.
The test results as well as the previous removal of debris and soil that eliminated any potential sources of future contamination were factors in the report’s conclusions.
As part of the report, a public comment period was held, and a public meeting was held on April 24 in Havelock, but no public comments were received, according to the report.
The report is specific to site No. 83 and does not include a nearby landfill as well as other environmental sites in an area described as operable unit 1 at Cherry Point. Separate reports and possible corrective plans on those sites are being conducted and may be available by the end of February, at which time another public hearing will be scheduled.
More information is available online at the Cherry Point Environmental Restoration Program website at http://go.usa.gov/2EH.