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EPA to Hold Public Meeting Regarding Holcomb Creosote Site, Yadkinville, NC

Release Date: 02/22/2012
Contact Information: James Pinkney, (404) 562-9183, pinkney.james@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – February 22, 2012) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 regarding the Holcomb Creosote Company Site in Yadkinville, NC. The public meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Yadkin County Volunteer Fire Dept., 729 State St., Yadkinville, NC.

EPA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) and the North Carolina Division of Public Health will provide information about the site. The purpose of the public meeting is to update the community on the EPA emergency removal activities, which took place in 2011, and to discuss the potential proposal of the Site to the National Priorities List (NPL).

The Holcomb Creosote Site is located in Yadkinville, Yadkin County, North Carolina on Highway 601. It is situated between the highway and a tributary of Deep Creek. The Holcomb Creosote Company was a creosote wood treating company. It began operations in the 1950s and closed in February 2009. Tanks containing creosote sludge, diesel fuel, and oil, and an open concrete pit containing waste creosote and wastewater treatment sludge were left on site. The facility consisted of a warehouse, office, and a boiler room in one building, one pressure vessel and a 50’ x 80’ metal building that covered the drip pad, and a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) closed impoundment area and RCRA land farm.

Community members interested in obtaining additional information are encouraged to contact Sherryl A. Lane, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, at (770) 608-1747.

ATTENTION: A media availability session will be held at the Yadkin County Volunteer Fire Dept., 729 State St., Yadkinville, NC, from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. EPA, NCDENR and NCDPH will be available to answer media questions concerning the emergency removal activities and the potential proposal of the Site to the National Priorities List.

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