Soil Removal This Winter
Working together with EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently hired a contractor to remove contaminated soils from the Greenwood Chemical Site. Beginning this winter, you will see workers digging up soil and hauling it away. Approximately 11,000 cubic yards will be taken to another state for treatment and disposal.
The Corps will supervise the soil removal work, which will take about 8-10 months to complete. Before starting work, EPA and the Corps will erect a fence around the site and provide 24-hour security. Also, a trailer staffed with a representative from the Corps will be placed on-site.
EPA will hold a public information session in the local community before actual soil work begins. We will be available to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the site and the clean-up work. Representatives from the Corps of Engineers and its contractor will also be on hand to provide information on dust control, truck routes, traffic, and other aspects of the cleanup.
Ground Water Clean-up
We are continuing to make progress on the designs for the on- site ground water pump and treat system. The firm we hired to design the system is working on preliminary design plans. These plans are based on work conducted from fall 1993 to spring 1994. At that time, workers installed, tested, and sampled ground water wells.
Starting in January 1996, workers will again be on the site to do field work similar to that conducted from fall 1993 through spring 1994. Once the field work is complete, the design plans will be finalized. Upon approval of the final design, the pump and treat system will be constructed.
Deep Soil Study
As you may recall, EPA recently completed its year-long study of how to treat deep soil contamination. This contamination is located far below the surface and cannot be removed through digging. During the study, we tested a new technology called bio-venting. It involves forcing air into the contaminated soils. The air helps microbes in the soil break down the contaminants at a faster rate than would naturally occur. The final results of bio-venting have been positive, but we will continue to look at other methods that can be used to treat the deep soils.
EPA will review all the clean-up methods available for the deep soils in a further study. This study will evaluate all of the possible clean-up options and will highlight EPA's preferred option. Once we review the study, we will ask the public to comment on the various clean-up methods. This likely will occur in the winter 1996.
EPA and Superfund
We are cleaning up the Greenwood Chemical Site as part of the federal government's Superfund program. The Superfund program allows EPA to stop releases or potential releases of hazardous substances that may affect human health or the environment. Superfund also provides funding for cleanups through a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries. At the Greenwood Chemical Site, this fund money is being used for the cleanup because money has not been obtained from the responsible parties.
To Receive More Site Information
You can review and photocopy any site-related material or general information on the Superfund process at the local information repository listed below. EPA places site documents into the repository as they are released.
Crozet Branch Library
Box 430, Route 240
Crozet, VA 22932
Monday - Tuesday 1:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
To Contact EPA Directly
You can call Larry Brown, EPA's Community Involvement Facilitator, if you have any questions or concerns about the Greenwood Site. He can be reached at the address and phone numbers listed below. When calling our 800 number, please identify the site name and ask for Larry.
Community Involvement Coordinator