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I am a professor of a science lab at NC State. I am going to tell you about how from 1969 to 1980, we used lot 86, farm unit #1, to dump our hazardous wastes from our science laboratories and agricultural research facilities.
At the time we did not know the effects of this and it seemed like a good way to get rid of the waste. Little did we know that once underground, the hazardous wastes slowly leaked out, contaminating the ground water and soil. This could have affected human health if not found sooner.
Once the EPA heard of this, they tested the contaminated groundwater and soil, and declared this a Superfund site. Of course we agreed but this meant that we no longer had a place to store waste and we had to pay for some of the clean-up out of the colleges funds. It was terrible.
Clean-up processes soon began. The EPA extracted the contaminated groundwater using the techniques air stripping or carbon absorption. All contaminated soil was replaced.
After the ground was deemed safe by the EPA, NC State decided to partner with Carolina Solar Energy LLC to build solar panels on the site. What was once a environment hazard now helps the environment.The laboratories now use better waste management so this will never happen again. We do not want to spend the money to fix it, that could be being used to fund our students. The EPA still checks the soil every 5 years. In fact a check is coming up this year, 2018. These solar panels are next to Carter-Finely Stadium, where I am currently at. They are next to the practice field, if you would like to go see them. So everything is running smoothly, and I am here to cheer on my team. GO WOLFPACK!!!
NC State Lot 86, Farm Unit 1 Superfund Story By Anna Shay
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