national electric coil co./cooper industries


The 3.5-acre site is located on Old Highway 119 next to the Cumberland River in Dayhoit, Harlan County, Kentucky. The site includes a main manufacturing building, two smaller buildings, an asphalt paved parking lot and a grass-covered riverbank area. A mobile home park borders the site to the south, a Kentucky Utility Company electrical substation borders the site to the north, Old Highway 119 borders the site to the west and the Cumberland River borders the site to the east. The residential communities bordering the site and south of the site are low-income areas. From 1951 to 1987, National Electric Coil Company operated a coal mining machinery repair facility under the ownership of the McGraw Edison Company. Operations included rewinding electric motors and manufacturing coils as well as rebuilding machinery used in the coal mining industry. Operations used chemicals to remove oil and tar from the used motors, capacitors, transformers and other equipment prior to rebuilding the equipment and discharged chemicals, wastes and contaminated transformer oils onto the ground and through a drainage pipe to the Cumberland River. Cooper Industries purchased the McGraw Edison Company in 1985 and continued the facility’s operations until 1987, when Treen Land Company bought the site property. In 1992, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Charles Dozier owned the site from 1994 until 2010 and the coal mining machinery repair facility operated under the National Electric Services Management Group. Currently, Jennifer Pennington owns the site and Pennington’s Wrecker Service operates on site. Operations include storage of wrecked automobiles on the asphalt parking lot next to the main building, storage of auto parts in on-site buildings and sale of salvage auto parts. Land use at the site is not expected to change in the near future.

Hazardous Ranking Score

50 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

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Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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