The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously voted to proceed with the updated proposal for beginning to address the clean-up of coal ash at the police station property at its meeting on Wednesday, June 12.
The Town proposed interim remedial measures as a way to begin addressing the coal ash near Bolin Creek while other decisions are being made about the future location of the police station.
During a 2013 evaluation of properties belonging to the Town of Chapel Hill, an estimated 60,000 cubic yards of coal ash was discovered buried beneath the police station.
The property at 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., where the Chapel Hill Police Station now lives, was the site of a coal ash infill in the 1960s and 70s where coal ash was added to replace moved soil. Coal ash has since eroded down the embankment near the police station, which faces the Bolin Creek Trail and Bolin Creek. The trail is separated from the ash only by a fence.
At the request of the Town, a preliminary risk evaluation was completed in May by Duncklee & Dunham, Inc., an environmental consulting company based in Cary, North Carolina. The purpose of this evaluation was to have the area surveyed and assessed by experts who then proposed steps for interim measures the Town could take to address this issue.