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Archive for September, 2011

Wilmington site added to EPA’s Superfund list

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County business’s property is among six new hazardous sites in the southeast added to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund site.

The EPA says there is contamination at a portion of the Horton Iron and Metal property at 2216 US 421 North, which was historically operated as a phosphate fertilizer manufacturing facility, along with sediments in two boat slips located on the Northeast Cape Fear River. The boat slips reportedly contain high levels of arsenic and lead.

According to the EPA, from 1911 to 1949, American Agricultural Chemical Company operated a phosphate fertilizer manufacturer with a lead-acid chamber fertilizer plant. Naco Fertilizer Company continued the fertilizer operations from 1949 to 1954. W.R. Grace owned the property from 1954-1959, but operations are unknown during this period. During the 1960s and 1970s, Horton conducted ship-breaking operations and metal salvage of World War II Liberty Ships in the two boat slips.

Current Horton Iron and Metal is a metal recycling facility. It occupies about 38 acres along the Northeast Cape Fear River.

With all NPL sites, EPA tries to identify and locate the parties potentially responsible for the contamination to either fund the cleanup or conduct the cleanup with EPA oversight. For the newly listed sites without viable potentially responsible parties, EPA will fund the cleanup.

For more information visit http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/nar1827.htm

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Identities released in Wednesday’s deadly shooting

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Feds sue Cooperative Bank, officials for $33M

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Federal regulators have sued former Cooperative Bank chief Fredrick Willets III and the board of directors of the failed institution, charging neglect of duty and seeking $33 million.

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McIntyre mails letter to Postmaster General supporting Surf City Post Office

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) -– Rep. Mike McIntyre is standing up for the Surf City Post Office. Earlier this year the US Postal Service said the Surf City location is on a list of possible cuts to help the USPS as it faces mounting massive debt.

In a news release, McIntyre said he wrote a letter to the US Postmaster General advocating for the continued operations of the Surf City Post Office.

“We are putting a full court press on USPS to let them know of the importance of keeping the Surf City Post Office open,” Rep. McIntyre said in a statement. “Citizens and businesses in the community have been loud and clear that they need their post office, they depend on it, and it is a financially stable business. We are going to be with them every step of the way in doing all we can to keep it open!”

Contained in the information sent to USPS was a petition signed by more than 1,600 citizens in support of the post office, and three local municipality resolutions in support (Town of Surf City, Town of North Topsail Beach and the Pender County Commissioners) of the post office.

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Local business briefs – Fifth of homes here under water,’ study says

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

A fifth of all Wilmington-area residential properties with a mortgage were in negative equity at the end of the second quarter, the real estate research firm CoreLogic said Thursday.That means that the properties were worth less than what was owed on them – commonly known as being under water.

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