Warren County PCB Landfill was a PCB landfill located in Warren County, North Carolina near the community of Afton south of Warrenton. The landfill was created in 1982 by the State of North Carolina as a place to dump contaminated soil as result of an illegal PCB dumping incident. The site, which is about , was extremely controversial and led to years of lawsuits.Warren County was one of the first cases of environmental justice in the United States and set a precedent for other environmental justice cases. The site was approximately three miles south of Warrenton. The state owned about of the tract where the landfill was located and Warren County owned the surrounding acres around the borders.
The purpose of the Warren County PCB landfill, as the public knew it, was to bury 60,000 tons of PCB-contaminated soil that been contaminated with toxic PCBs between June and August, 1978, by Robert J. Burns, a business associate with Robert "Buck" Ward of the Ward PCB Transformer Company of Raleigh, North Carolina. Burns and his sons deliberately dripped 31,000 gallons of PCB-contaminated oil along some 240 miles of highway shoulders in 14 counties. Burns of Jamestown, New York, was supposed to take the oil to a facility to be recycled. Allegedly, the rationale for Burns' crime was that he wanted to save money by circumventing new, EPA regulations that would make waste disposal more transparent and costly, but he could have easily,... Read More