Fowlers Wallace Oil Site

Wallace, NC - Region IV

Site Contact:

Charlie Fitzsimmons
OSC

fitzsimmons.charlie@epa.gov

700 NW Railroad St.
Wallace, NC 28466
response.epa.gov/fowlerswallace

Latitude: 34.7444000
Longitude: -77.9997000

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
INITIAL POLLUTION REPORT

DATE: November 04, 2003

SUBJECT: Fowler Wallace Site
700 NW Railroad St.
Wallace, Duplin County NC 28466
34 44 40N
77 59 59W

FROM: Charlie Fitzsimmons, OSC
USEPA Region 4

TO: S. Hitchcock, EPA
D. Rigger, EPA
T. Moore, EPA
M. Taylor, EPA
F.Harrell, EPA
Region 4, RRC
NC Distribution List
NPFC

I. BACKGROUND

LEAD AGENCY: EPA, Region 4, ERRB
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
NPL: No
FUNDING: OPA90
LEAD OSC: Fitzsimmons
SITE ID#: Z4FX
FPN: E04404

II SITUATION

Date of Notification: October 31, 2003
NRC Case #: 704078
Date Action Started: November 03, 2003
Pollutant: oil, gasoline
Source Identification: fixed facility

III ACTIONS TAKEN

Mr. Eric Coman, Fire Marshall, Township of Wallace, Duplin County, NC notified the NRC of an abandoned bulk oil storage facility that was potentially leaking oil and other fuel products including gasoline. No CERCLA haz substances are reported to be on the premises. Property owner is a Mr. James Keith Fowler. Property address is 700 NW Railroad St., Wallace, NC 28466.

EPA FOSC Fitzsimmons responded to site on November 3, 2003. Site is heavily overgrown with vegetative matter making it impossible to determine extent of leaking tanks/drums. It appears that there are two ASTs (20,000gal ea.), 20-55gallon drums and 10 to 15-250 gallon home heating oil day tanks on the property.
Site is a 2 acre parcel wedged between a private residence abutting it to the north and a propane vendor abutting it to the south. A drainage ditch line carries all site runoff to the Rockfish Creek and eventually the Cape Fear River. Site is characterized by heavy overgrowth, tanks, drums, warehouse and a storage shed.

The Fire Marshall, Town Manager and Chief of Police provided site access for EPA under an administrative Search Warrant. Mr. James Keith Fowler refused to return their calls for consent to search therefore they obtained the warrant.

FOSC hired local cleanup contractor (EEM) to perform site investigation, release mitigation if necessary and disposal activities.

A gamma ray survey using a micro R meter detected no greater than background levels of gamma radiation throughout the site.





IV FUTURE ACTIONS

EEM investigation and cleanup activities to continue.

V ESTIMATED COSTS

FPN E04404: $25,000
EEM PO: $10,000






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