CSXT Bramlette Road Site (a/k/a Duke Power Manufactured Gas Plant)

Overview

The CSXT Bramlette Road Site (Site) consists of five parcels in Greenville, South Carolina, including the former location of a Duke Power Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP), which covers 3.69 acres and is located at 400 South Bramlette Road, and a seven-acre unpermitted construction and demolition debris landfill (a/k/a Vaughn Landfill) downgradient of the former MGP property. The current owner of the landfill, the MGP, and other three parcels is CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT).

In 1917, Southern Public Utilities originally developed the manufactured gas plant. Ownership of the MGP transferred to Duke Power Company in 1939. The plant ceased operation in 1951 and the above-ground structures were demolished in the late 1950s. In 1997, Duke Power Company changed its name to Duke Energy Corporation, in September 2006, converted to Duke Power Company, LLC, and in October of 2006, changed its name to Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC. (hereinafter generally referred to as "Duke")

Manufactured gas was the predecessor to natural gas and was used to provide gas for lighting, heating, and cooking for the City of Greenville. The Duke Power MGP produced gas using the coal gasification process. This process resulted in the creation of a tar-like waste material that was often discharged to nearby ditches or surface water bodies. Coal tar waste from the Duke Power MGP was discharged into several ditches and eventually migrated across Bramlette Road to a property where, in 1988, an unpermitted landfill was located on the property 800 feet west of the intersection of Bramlette Road and West Washington Street, on the south side of Bramlette Road. The landfill is approximately six feet in depth and covers approximately seven acres. Waste from the MGP is present beneath the landfill.

Assessments

Duke conducted several investigations to assess the nature and extent of contamination at the Site. In 2002, Duke removed 61,000 tons of material from the former MGP property and replaced it with clean soil. Soil was excavated to a depth of three to six feet across the majority of the former MGP property.

Voluntary Cleanup Contract

On July 29, 2016, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke) entered into Voluntary Cleanup Contract 16-5857-RP (VCC) with DHEC. Under the VCC, Duke will conduct an environment investigation of the Site and will evaluate alternatives for addressing the remaining contamination.The Groundwater Remedial Investigation began in 2017. Following that initial investigation, it was determined that additional investigation was needed. In 2018, an Addendum to the Groundwater Remedial Investigation was approved and that work is ongoing. Once completed, the Department will determine if additional work is necessary to complete the Groundwater Remedial Investigation or if data is sufficient to evaluate alternatives for addressing contamination at the site.  

Historical Documents

Click here for an Index to the Bureau of Land & Waste Management's Site File number 400801. Below are historical documents relating to the previous investigations of the Site. These documents include work plans, investigation activities, remedial action plans, and other key documents. If you are interested in documents that appear on the Index but are not listed below, please contact the Department.

Date Docket # Description
2019-08-06 60 DHEC's Review of Remedial Investigation Work Plan Addendum
2019-07-23 59 DHEC's Review of Quarterly Progress Report 2nd Quarter 2019
2019-07-15 58 Quarterly Progress Report 2nd Quarter 2019
2019-07-07 58A Remedial Investigation Work Plan Addendum Monitoring Well
2019-07-03 57A Remedial Investigation Work Plan Addendum
2019-04-24 56 DHEC's Review of Quarterly Progress Report 1st Quarter 2019
2019-04-15 54 Quarterly Progress Report 1st Quarter 2019
2019-01-15 51 Quarterly Progress Report 4th Quarter 2018
2018-04-13 37 Groundwater Remedial Investigation Work Plan Addendum
2017-02-20 24A Groundwater Monitoring Report November 2016
2016-11-14 22 Groundwater Remedial Investigation Work Plan
2016-09-19 20 Notice of Community Meeting 10-4-16
2016-08-01 17 Executed VCC 16-5857-RP
2010-06-10 14 Groundwater Monitoring Report
2010-03-04 A31 Corrective Action Plan
2009-01-16 A28 Groundwater Continuous Action Plan
2003-06-09 A14 Remedial Action Plan Final Report—Volume 2
2003-06-09 A13 Remedial Action Plan Final Report—Volume 1
2000-09-14 A9 Remedial Action Plan
2000-06-30 A8 Investigation & Site Assessment Report—Phase III, Volume 2
2000-06-30 A7 Investigation & Site Assessment Report—Phase III, Volume 1
1997-03-21 A5 Workplan--Phase III
1996-09-03 A4 Site Investigation—Phase II
1996-08-17 A3 Site Investigation: Soil Sediment & Groundwater Sampling
1995-08-01 A2 Workplan: Site Investigation and Monitoring Well Installations
1994-10-01 A1 Workplan: Soil Sediment & Groundwater Sampling

Mailing List

Anyone interested in receiving updates may contact Elisa Vincent at 803-898-0840 or via email vincenef@dhec.sc.gov. If you have received information directly from DHEC, you are already on the Site's mailing list.

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