Horton Iron & Metal Co.
The Horton Iron & Metal Co. site, which is approximately 38 acres in size, is located in the northwestern region of Wilmington, NC. In 2012 there were approximately 145 people living within ½ mile of the Horton site.
Contamination has been identified on a portion of the Horton Iron & Metal Co. property as a result of past industrial activities that occurred on the site. The site was a phosphate fertilizer manufacturing facility and a lead-chambered sulfuric acid plant that operated from 1911-1949. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Horton property was also the site of ship-breaking and metal salvage of decommissioned WWII Liberty ships.
Horton Iron & Metal Co. is an active scrap metal company and is located on the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River, a commercial and recreational fishery.
The fertilizer manufacturing at the Horton site led to contamination of the soil, ground water, and boat slip sediments with arsenic and lead. The ship-breaking operations at the site led to further contamination of soil and boat slip sediments with petroleum products, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, and asbestos.