Environment
5:47 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

EPA Cleans Up Chemicals in Rocky Mount

EPA officials are working to clean up tractor trailers containing barrels filled with chemicals on a residential property in Rocky Mount. The owner of the property said the trailers had been there since he inherited the land from his father. When crews arrived on-site they reported strong chemical odors and a trailer was leaking black material. Kenneth Rhame of the EPA says they have determined the air around the site is not contaminated, but soil contamination is still a worry.

Kenneth Rhame: "We are somewhat concerned about groundwater. And the county health department and North Carolina public health are determining where private residential wells are in the area and those wells will be sampled."

The State Bureau of Investigation moved volatile barrels to a safe location and detonated them.