A former Greenville textile site joins five other hazardous waste sites in the Southeast as posing risks to human health and the environment.
The former textile operation at US Finishing/Cone Mills in Greenville was added to the list. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, added these six sites to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. The EPA also proposes adding two other sites to the list.
Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.
EPA tries to identify and locate the parties potentially responsible for the contamination to either fund the cleanup or conduct it with EPA oversight.
Each Superfund site is investigated to determine the full extent of the contamination before cleanup is started, therefore it might be several years before significant cleanup funding is required.