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Greer, South Carolina

The Victor Mill site was comprised of two parcels totaling approximately 24 acres of land located two blocks from downtown Greer, South Carolina and directly in the center of a large residential population. The main parcel included the former mill buildings and debris piles located on the southwestern side of Victor Avenue, and the second parcel included a paved parking lot located on the northeastern side of Victor Avenue. The site was initially developed for use as a textile mill in the late 1890’s. Operations of the mill ceased in 1989, and the site was later occupied by a sock manufacturer and a contractor for 3M that manufactured and reworked tape. A portion of the warehouse was destroyed in a fire in 2006 and the site was abandoned shortly thereafter. At the time the site was abandoned, a majority of the mill buildings were demolished or partially demolished and the demolition debris was left in piles scattered throughout the site. HEPACO was contracted by Spartanburg County to complete the demolition of the remaining buildings, transport and dispose of the demolition debris remaining on site and address the environmental concerns on the property from previous operations.

As part of the safety for the surrounding community HEPACO conducted daily perimeter air monitoring on the site to ensure fugitive dust and possible air contaminants did not leave the work site and migrate to the surrounding community. HEPACO also took part in community meetings held monthly to address any concerns and update the community as to the progress of the work.

Prior to demolition activities, HEPACO performed asbestos abatement activities throughout the mill site both in remaining buildings and certain areas within the stockpiled debris. In total HEPACO properly removed, packaged, labeled, transported and disposed of approximately 150 cubic yards and asbestos containing building materials and debris. In total HEPACO razed six buildings and a 135-foot-tall water tower located on the site. The square footprint of the buildings totaled in excess of 150,000 square feet with several structures in excess of 70 feet in height. In total HEPACO transported in excess of 1600 loads of demolition debris from the site with a total tonnage of approximately 20,000.

In order to save on landfill space and future revenue opportunities for the County of Spartanburg, HEPACO recycled approximately 15,000 tons of clean concrete and brick on site. The material was crushed to 3-inch pieces and beneficially reused as backfill material on site. This saved the client from having to import backfill material to restore the site and transportation cost to the county landfill.

The environmental concerns for the site involved PAH and coal impacted soils, as well as one 2,000-gallon underground storage tank, one 8,000-gallon aboveground storage tank, two 55-gallon drums of used oil, several piles of creosote wood, and arsenic impacted water contained with a concrete basin. All impacted solid waste was transported to an industrial subtitle D landfill for proper disposal. All liquids were transported to an off-site industrial wastewater treatment plant for proper disposal and/or recycling. All metal at the site was separated and transported to a local recycler for reclamation. In total HEPACO removed, transported and disposed of approximately 3,800 tons of PAH soil, 1,150 tons of coal soils, 167 tons of creosote wood, 2,500 gallons of petroleum liquids, and 7,000 gallons of non-hazardous arsenic impacted water. In excess of 600,000 pounds of metal was shipped to the local metal reclamation facility for recycling, including the 135-foot-tall water tower.

The site was restored and graded to promote positive drainage followed by seeding and straw mulching of approximately 13 acres. The project was completed on schedule and under the allotted budget for the project.