A.B. Carter Inc. Public Hearing

Event Description



A.B. Carter, Incorporated

4801 York Highway

Gastonia, North Carolina

EPA ID Number:  NCD 003 154 010

This is to notify the public of the proposed termination by the North Carolina Hazardous Waste Section of the Hazardous Waste Management Permit (issued September 26, 2007; last modified January 25, 2013) for the A.B. Carter Facility located at 4801 York Highway in Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina.    

A Public Hearing will be held on April 8, 2016, at 1:00 o’clock p.m., in the Gaston County Public Library located at 1555 East Garrison Boulevard in Gastonia, North Carolina.  All attendees will have the opportunity to present five (5) minute oral statements regarding the proposed permit termination and/or to submit written comments and data at the public hearing.  You may also submit written comments at any time during the forty-five day public comment period, which begins on March 9, 2016, and ends on April 23, 2016.  Comments should be sent to the following address: 

Julie S. Woosley, Hazardous Waste Section Chief

North Carolina Division of Waste Management

Hazardous Waste Section

1646 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, North Carolina 27699‑1646

All data and information submitted by A.B. Carter is part of the administrative record and available for your review.  This information can be reviewed either in person in the Hazardous Waste file room or online at the web address:  https://edm.nc.gov/DENR-Portal/.  Press releases related to this decision may be found at http://deq.nc.gov/news/events/public-notices-hearings.

The Hazardous Waste file room is located at 217 West Jones Street in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The file room is open Monday through Friday during office hours (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).  Call (919) 707-8270 for an appointment. 

The administrative record can be viewed at any time using the above web address.  Electronic files can be searched using the ID Number:  NCD003154010.  Files can be filtered by selecting preferred document group and document type. 

A brief summary follows:

A.B. Carter has been in operation since March 1, 1969, and has historically manufactured textile machine parts and accessories.  Operations currently focus on the production of plastic molded parts and copper‑coated wire.  Operations that were eliminated included plating, stamping, machining, and parts cleaning.

The Facility currently operates a wastewater treatment facility for the management of wastewater generated from wire operation.  Historically this wastewater treatment facility was also used to treat process water from electroplating and wire cleaning operations.  Prior to 1986, treated process wastewater and associated sludge were stored onsite in a storage pond and two sludge beds.  In July 1986, A.B. Carter replaced the wastewater and sludge storage units with a sludge dewatering system. The wastewater storage pond and sludge beds were excavated and closed in-place as landfills. 

Groundwater has been adversely impacted.  Contaminants include nickel, sulfate, perchloroethylene, 1,2‑dichloroethane, and 1,4-dioxane.  The groundwater plumes are delineated and are stable or decreasing in size. 

N.C.G.S. § 130A-310.65 through 310.77 provides a mechanism for facilities to remediate contaminated sites based on site-specific remediation standards.  In August 2015, A.B. Carter submitted a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) to remediate to site-specific remediation standards.  In support of their RAP, A.B. Carter evaluated all potential current and future receptors to ensure protection of public health, safety, and welfare.  No current risks to human health and the environment have been identified. A potential future risk of exposure to impacted groundwater through the potential future use of onsite water supply wells has been identified.  Perpetual land use restrictions will be implemented to restrict the use of groundwater at the Site.

All comments received during the public comment period or at the hearing will be considered in the decision to terminate the Hazardous Waste Management Permit.  Comments received after the public comment period ends will not be considered.  The statutory authority for calling the hearing is G.S. 130A‑294(f).  Applicable State rules are found in the North Carolina Hazardous Waste Management Rules 15A NCAC 13A .0105, .0109, and .0113.  These rules adopt the requirements of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984.

Anyone desiring additional information may contact Mary Siedlecki at (919) 707-8208 or at mary.siedlecki@ncdenr.gov or at the address listed above.

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