There is an environmental assessment currently underway at Town owned property at 828 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Town of Chapel Hill takes its role of environmental stewardship very seriously.
The Town is awaiting further direction from the NC Department of Environmental Quality on its recommendations for next steps for this site. This was the site of a coal ash infill that dates from the 1960s and 1970s. When the Town discovered the materials in late 2013, we acted quickly to notify NC DENR, which is the old name for what is now known as NC DEQ. We are committed to following all environmental laws and standards to ensure the health and safety of our community.
It is important to provide the public with clear and accurate information, and not to allow rumors based on hearsay to develop. This is why we continue to be transparent with all information on this matter, providing reports and updates to the Council and posting these on our website at www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=2311. We will continue to do so.
The purpose of an EMP is to help DEQ understand how the eligible party will remain in compliance with DEQ regulations as any changes occur at the site. The Town’s EMP describes the activities that will take place on the lower portion of the site associated with the interim remedial measures and trail construction.
In response to stakeholder questions about the depth of earlier soil measurements, these samples were taken to better understand the make-up of the soil located closer to the surface (0-2 inches) within drainage pathways located on the lower portion of the property. The results of the 0-2 inch samples collected from the drainage pathways indicated the potential for higher concentrations of metals in samples from the erosional CCP areas (green areas on the map), but not in every case. This appears to be related to the thickness of erosional CCP in each area. In locations outside of the erosional CCPs, there does not appear to be a significant difference in concentrations between the 0-2 to 2-6 inch samples.