Case Studies & Resources
Case Study #1: Rocky Mount, NC
In 2017, the Duke University Superfund Research Center started working with planners at the City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The City was interested in exploring redevelopment possibilities for the Planter’s Oil Mill site, where for almost 90 years, cottonseed oil was processed and shipped via the nearby railroad tracks.
The city had a number of technical documents from EPA about the site, but they asked for some additional support with interpreting and breaking down the existing EPA environmental site assessments. The Duke Superfund CEC created a number of resources to communicate complex information about site history, contamination status, and cleanup efforts for members of the community. We created the following products resources:
Case Study #2: Navassa, NC
In 2018, one of our CEC Community Advisory Board members introduced us to Barnes Sutton, Planner for the Town of Navassa, North Carolina. Navassa is a coastal town with a lot of historical importance for African Americans including important Gullah Geechee heritage. The town’s proximity to the waterfront near Wilmington has begun to lead to rapid growth. Many former industrial sites in the town are being explored for possible reuse and redevelopment. The Duke University Superfund Research Center engaged with the Town by gathering information on these sites including past contamination, current status, and possible next steps needed for cleanup and redevelopment. This was turned into a report that was presented to the Town Council in 2019.
Read more about Mr. Sutton, in this two-part series from Coastal Review Online, published in March 2020: