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The Ward Transformer Company plant in Raleigh first gained notoriety in 1978 when 30,000 gallons of PCBs from the site were illegally dumped. Prevented from transporting the contaminated material for resale, the contacted company sprayed the material over 200 miles of North Carolina roadside. The state cleaned it up and transported the soil to a Warren County landfill. The site leaked and polluted the soil, water, and fish of a number of waterways. The effects of the contamination are being felt today. Crabtree Lake and surrounding waterways are under a fish consumption advisory. Recent testing has found unacceptable levels of PCBs leaking from the plant.
Independent Weekly (NoCar Oversize AP 2 .I57 [volumes 13 - 23 on microfilm]), Vol. 23 Issue 3, Jan 2006, p11 Periodical Website
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