Chemical Contamination in North Carolina to clean up

Federal authorities say they have reached an proposed settlement with two companies for the cleanup of a former chemical plant close to the Cape Fear River.

The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency stated in a news release Thursday that the settlement was reached with Honeywell International Inc. and International Paper Co.. Store, the companies have agreed to handle and dispose of sediments and soils contaminated by metals that have PCBs and mercury.

The settlement states that the from 1963 to 2000, the plant produced chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, liquid chlorine, hydrogen gas, liquid bleach and acid in the plant at Riegelwood in Columbus County.

The settlement must be approved by A court.