New Hanover Airport Burn Pit

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  • Hi, I'm Katie's bunny. My name is Charley. We live just 1,100 feet away from a mistreated airport. I'm gonna tell you how this affected me.
  • This is what the New Hanover Airport Burn Pit in Wilmington, North Carolina used to look like
  • This 1,500-square-foot burn pit was used for firefighters to train
  • People burned jet fuel, gasoline, petroleum storage tank bottoms, fuel oil, kerosene, and sorbent materials from oil cleanups in the pit. Carbon Dioxide and dry chemicals were the primary extinguishing agent.
  • EPA put the site on the Superfund program's NPL in 1989 because of contaminated groundwater resulting from operations and waste handling parctices.
  • EPA 1989
  • Groundwater supplies drinking water for 51% of the total U.S. population and 99% of the rural population. It is also 64% of groundwater that is used for irrigation to grow crops.
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