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The Town of Clayton provides water and sewer service to the East Clayton Industrial Area or ECIA, a major manufacturing concentration that contains more than half of Johnston County’s total manufacturing employment and 13% of North Carolina’s total pharmaceutical manufacturing employment. The principal pharmaceutical firms in the ECIA, Grifols and Novo Nordisk, employ approximately 3,500 individuals with high wages/benefits. Grifols current and expanding, as well as, Novo Nordisk's new Diabetic Active Product Ingredient (DAPI) facility manufacturing processes cannot be interrupted due to disruptions to water or sewer services - requiring water and wastewater redundancy. Though all industries located in the ECIA are Town customers, redundancy is provided by direct water and wastewater interconnections with Johnston County facilities.  

A proposed improvement project consists of the construction a sewer force main and pump station upgrades consisting of: Contract 1 (Town) 27,800 LF - 16” sewer force main, including tie into expanded ECIA pump station and future wastewater reclamation facility (WFR) at Neuse 2 pump station, jack and bore, miscellaneous fittings, gate valve and box, appurtances, and pump station upgrades; and Contract 2 (County)  5,500 LF 16” sewer force main, tie into existing 16” and 12” force mains, jack and bore, miscellaneous fittings, gate valve and box, appurtances.

With the exception of proposed Town sewer improvements on Powhatan, Glen Laurel, and Glen Laurel Extension roads, and easements/land owned by the Town to an existing sewer pump station, the remainder of the project’s sewer construction and all beneficiary impacts will occur within the ECIA.  

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The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) is considering a request for Federal assistance from the Town of Clayton/Johnston County to construct Water/Sewer Improvements to Serve ECIA Where Novo Nordisk $1.234 (+) Billion Facility to Produce Ingredients for Diabetes-fighting Products is Locating in Johnston County, North Carolina. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), EDA is conducting an assessment of the potential of the proposed project to affect the environment and/or historic properties.

The project consists of improvements to the Town of Clayton and Johnston County’s water and sewer linear infrastructure comprised of transmission lines and pump stations that serve the East Clayton Industrial Area (ECIA) that include:

  1. Installation of 2,020 linear feet (LF) of 8-inch polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gravity wastewater line from the location of the new Novo Nordisk API facility site to the existing wastewater collection system.
  2. Installation of 570 LF of 12-inch and 1,090 LF of 16-inch ductile iron water line from Bestwood Drive to the new Novo Nordisk API facility site.
  3. Installation of 800 LF of 12-inch ductile iron water line from Powhatan Road to the planned regional pretreatment facility.
  4. Installation of 850 LF of 12-inch ductile iron force main to convey Grifols process and sanitary wastewater from the ECIA PS to the planned regional pretreatment facility.
  5. Construction of a new wastewater pump station and force main.
  6. Installation of 850 LF of 12-inch ductile iron force main connecting the existing force main from the ECIA PS to the County’s force main parallel to US 70 Business, conveying wastewater to the County’s wastewater treatment facility.
  7. Improvements to Johnston County’s booster pump station.
  8. Decommissioning the Town’s Central pump station including the installation of 2,200 LF of 8-inch PVC gravity wastewater line from the Town’s Central pump station to the line north of the Town’s Sam’s Branch Interceptor and the abandonment of the Central pump station and return of pump station equipment to the Town.

Project Location

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries new Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (DAPI) production facility site is located on Powhatan Road, Clayton, NC across from its current facility.  The above project components 1, 3, 4 and 5 will be constructed west of where the Railroad crosses Powhatan Road on the southern side of the track. Project component 2 will be constructed along Bestwood Drive to its termination then north to DAPI’s site. Project component 6 will be constructed in a corridor on the north side of US 70 Business at its intersection with Pony Farm Road to the Johnston County ECIA Pump Station. Project component 7 is the existing Johnston County pumping station located on the north side of US 70 Business approximately 900 feet south of the US 70 Business/Gordon Road intersection. Project component 8 will take place south of the Rollingwood Subdivision (major roads are Pineland and Dogwood Avenues).

Map One – Town of Clayton/Johnston County ECIA Improvements

Map Two – Town of Clayton Central Pump Station Decommissioning

Project information is available for review at the Town of Clayton, Manager’s Office, 111 East 2nd Street, Clayton, NC 27520 - 919-553-5002. Project maps may be viewed at the Manager’s Office, or online at the top of this webpage. Click the links or images above for higher resolution versions of the maps.

If you have any information regarding potential impacts environmental resources or historic properties associated with this proposed project, please provide it in writing to:

Regional Environmental Officer US Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration Atlanta Region
401 West Peachtree Street NW Suite 1820
Atlanta, GA 30308-3510

Comments received in the EDA Regional Office by 5:00 pm eastern on July 25, 2016 will be considered. A copy of the NEPA/NHPA decisional document will be available upon request at the above EDA Regional Office.

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