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Public may comment on health assessment of Benfield Superfund site

Release Date: March 15, 2010
Contact: Carol Schriber, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Public Health is conducting a public health assessment for the Benfield Superfund site in Waynesville. The final draft report is available for public review and comment through April 19.

A public health assessment analyzes information about harmful substances at a site and evaluates whether exposure to those substances might cause harm to people. The information for this assessment comes from agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The data evaluated for this site was obtained from 1990 through 2008.

The Benfield site is located at 112 through 124 Riverbend Street in Waynesville, in Haywood County. Prior investigations of the site showed contamination of the soil and groundwater with a variety of organic substances.  Since then, community residents have been connected to municipal water and the contaminated soil has been covered with several feet of clean soil. 

The public health assessment report will be available at:

  • Haywood Main Library - 678 South Haywood Street, Waynesville
  • Canton Branch Library - 11 Pennsylvania Avenue, Canton
  • Fines Creek Branch Library - 190 Fines Creek Road, Clyde
  • Maggie Valley Branch Library - 3987 Soco Road, Maggie Valley

And on the web at: www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/oee/hace/ncmap/CountyInfo.html#Haywood.

Written comments on the report may be directed to the N.C. Division of Public Health’s Health Assessment, Consultation and Education (HACE) Program by mail, by fax to (919) 870-4807, or by e-mail to nchace@dhhs.nc.gov. The mailing address is:

HACE Program (Re: Benfield Public Comments)
OEEB/DPH/DHHS
1912 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1912

 

 

 

 

 

 

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