After investigation, state health, environmental officials say no radiation detected at former missile plant in Burlington

BY: - February 16, 2023

[Update: Thursday, Feb. 16, at 11:32 am: Carl Smith, who is quoted in this story, shared a screenshot of an email from the NC Department of Health and Human Services saying that it had completed the investigation and found no radiation hazard. “We could not replicate the readings that you provided in your original allegation.”] […]

NC Policy Watch investigative reporter Lisa Sorg claims prestigious national journalism award

BY: - April 22, 2022

The National Press Foundation announced today that NC Policy Watch investigative environmental reporter Lisa Sorg has won the prestigious Thomas L. Stokes Award, which is presented each year to a U.S.-based journalist for reporting excellence on energy and the environment. The award was established in the spring of 1959 by friends and admirers of the […]

Air testing planned for neighborhood adjacent to contaminated former missile plant in Burlington

BY: - January 14, 2022

Extent of toxic solvents still unknown; new round of testing to begin

Environmental testing could restart as early as next month at a former Army missile plant in East Burlington, the next step in cleaning up widespread contamination that has burdened a Black and Latinx neighborhood for more than 30 years.

Former Army missile plant in Burlington poses “an urgent public health risk”

BY: - September 9, 2021

Private owners neglect the contaminated property, posing an environmental threat to a Black and Latinx neighborhood

This is the second of a two-part story about hazardous contamination at a former missile plant in Burlington that is threatening a predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhood.

Una antigua planta de misile en Burlington: “un riesgo urgente para la salud pública”

BY: - September 9, 2021

Esta es la segunda entrega de un artículo de dos partes sobre el peligro de contaminación que supone una antigua fábrica de misiles en Burlington para una comunidad predominantemente negra y latina.   El artículo y los documentos originales se pueden leer en formato pdf.  Read in English. Dentro del Edificio 1A de la antigua […]

Former Army missile plant has polluted a Black, Latino neighborhood for more than 30 years

BY: - September 8, 2021

Military, private owner have allowed toxic contaminants to fester, avoided penalties while residents bear environmental burden Tattooed in ivy, bound in chain-link fence, Building 16 casts an ominous three-story shadow over several homes along Hilton Road. The window blinds are torn, as if it were sleeping with one eye open.

Peligro inminente: Una antigua planta de misiles del Ejército ha contaminado un vecindario negro y latino durante 30 años

BY: - September 8, 2021

El Ejército y los propietarios privados han permitido que los contaminantes tóxicos se enconen sin tener que pagar ninguna multa, mientras los residentes soportan las repercusiones medioambientales. Esta es la primera entrega de un artículo de dos partes sobre el peligro de contaminación que supone una antigua fábrica de misiles en Burlington para una comunidad […]

Burlington, Haw River Assembly reach agreement on PFAS contamination; Pittsboro blood results to be released tomorrow

BY: - October 23, 2020

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Haw River Assembly, finalized a memorandum of agreement with the City of Burlington in which the city agreed to investigate the sources of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals and 1,4-Dioxane in the city’s wastewater discharges. “This agreement and investigation takes us one step closer to making […]