Seaboard Chemical / High Point Landfill press articles

“ Seaboard Chemical fined for violations “, by Lawrence Spohn, The Greensboro Daily News, February 10, 1984:

Seaboard Chemical Co. of Jamestown, considered to have one of the largest hazardous waste problems in the state, has been fined $ 500 plus $ 50 per day for violations of the state’s hazardous waste law, effective Feb 1.
Ferguson, {a Seaboard employee},last month had been optimistic in an interview at the Riverdale Drive site east of High Point about meeting a Feb. 1 state deadline to clean up an estimated remaining 6,000 to 7,000 barrels of hazardous waste.
These are part of an estimated 30,000 drums that had accumulated at the plant since 1975. The company agreed last year to either remove or orderly stack the drums by Dec.15. It is to have no more than 2,000 stacked drums on site by July 1.
O.W. Strickland, the state’s chief of the solid and hazardous waste branch, granted the company a 45 - day extension in December, warning that failure to meet the extended deadline could result in fines. Strickland is ill and could not be reached Thursday.
But Lee Alford, a spokeswoman for the hazardous waste management branch, said a state inspection last week “revealed that an estimated 7228 remaining drums at the site are in poor condition, without tops or actually leaking.”

“ Old landfill site brings complaints “, by Chris Gels, The High Point Enterprise,
March 10, 1995:

A subcontractor on a city construction project at the old High Point landfill pulled his workers off the job last fall after the workers had physical problems - including peeling skin and toenails that fell off.
The problems occurred after the workers came in contact with groundwater at the site, said Jack Westall, an attorney for the subcontractor, Garland Brothers, Inc. of Asheville.
The soles on a worker’s new boots and the laces on another’s shoes disintegrated after the men worked in a ditch filled with water, Westall said.
“ The sole completely disintegrated off the bottom of his shoes while he was working, “ Westall said this week.
Other workers “ have had flaking and fairly significant problems on their feet,” Westall said. He said he did not know what medical attention the workers sought.
Garland Brothers was working for Haren Construction Co. of Etowha, Tenn. Haren is building a pump station and sewer line around the old landfill to the Eastside sewage-treatment plant.
For years until the early 1970s, the landfill was the dumping site for toxic liquid wastes from High Point’s industries. Workers would burn the wastes in unlined pits, city officials have said. Groundwater testing under the site several years ago showed serious contamination, state officials said. The old landfill is off Riverdale Drive, next to the former Seaboard Chemical Corp. plant. The Seaboard site, also contaminated, was closed in 1989.
Both sites are near the proposed Randleman reservoir, which would supply drinking water to residents of Guildford and Randolph counties.