EPA reaches settlement on Lake Crabtree Superfund cleanup

A photo from the site, where officials are assessing vegetation in an area where PCB removal has already been performed. (EPA)
A photo from the site, where officials are assessing vegetation in an area where PCB removal has already been performed. (EPA)


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The EPA announced a settlement Friday to clean up areas around the Ward Transformer Superfund Site.

The settlement involves 173 separate parties, who will pay a combined $5.5 million to help fix polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from lower Brier Creek, Lake Crabtree, lower Crabtree Creek and nearby waterways.

“This legal agreement ensures that the remaining PCB contamination surrounding the Ward Transformer Site in Raleigh will be cleaned up by potentially responsible parties,” said Anne Heard, EPA’s acting regional administrator for the Southeast, in a statement. “EPA welcomes the path forward toward restoring the water bodies surrounding the Site so that future generations may enjoy them.”

The location used to house facility that made, repaired and sold transformers.

The transformers used PCBs as insulation and cooling. When the transformers were repaired or reconditioned, fluids containing PCBs were frequently spilled, contaminating soil and sediment, the EPA said.

PCBs are a known human carcinogen, can persist for years in the environment and are a common cause of health advisories urging people to limit or avoid eating fish from specific waterways.

The cleanup at the site will include removing PCB-contaminated soil and sediment and monitoring sediment and creatures at the site to ensure progress, according to the EPA.

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