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Leetown Pesticide

Current Site Information

EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)

West Virginia
Jefferson County
8 miles south of Martinsburg

EPA ID# WVD980693402

2nd Congressional District

Last Update: August 2012
No future updates

Other Names


Robinson Property

Current Site Status

The Environmental Protection Agency has deleted this site from the National Priorities List (NPL). All cleanup work is complete.

Site Description

The Leetown Pesticides site, located in Jefferson County, West Virginia, consists of three specific areas that have been contaminated by the agricultural use of pesticides, pesticide disposal, and landfilling. These three areas are the former Pesticide Pile Area, the former Jefferson Orchard Mixing Area, and the former Crimm Orchard Packing Shed. The former Pesticide Pile Area is alleged to have received pesticide-contaminated debris from a fire at a local chemical company in 1975. The contamination at the former Pesticide Pile Area was the residue left after the removal of approximately 160 cubic yards of pesticide-contaminated debris in June of 1983. The former Pesticide Mixing Shed was used during the active operation of the Jefferson Orchard to formulate pesticides for use at the orchard. The eastern portion of the Crimm Orchard Packing Shed was used for the formulation of pesticides for application at the former Crimm Orchard and for storing containers of pesticides, most of which were open and leaking. Portions of the recharge areas for the Bell Spring Run and Blue and Gray Spring Run exist on site. There are a number of private residences in the area that rely on groundwater wells for drinking water. Approximately 140 people live within one mile of the site. Land use in the area is predominantly agricultural, dedicated to pasture or forage crop production for dairy cattle operations.

Site Responsibility

This site was addressed through a combination of federal, state and potentially responsible parties' actions.

NPL Listing History

Proposed Date: 12/30/82
Final Date: 09/08/83
Deletion Date: 08/29/96

Threats and Contaminants

The contamination at the former Pesticide Pile Area was the residue left after the removal of approximately 160 cubic yards of pesticide-contaminated debris in June, 1983. The former Pesticide Mixing Shed was used during the active operation of the Jefferson Orchard to formulate pesticides for use at the orchard. The contaminants of concern at the site included DDT and its metabolites, DDD and DDE, and the alpha, beta, delta, and gamma isomers of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCCH). Gamma HCCH is also known as Lindane.

Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.

Cleanup Progress

In 1983, under the supervision of the EPA and the state, a potentially responsible party (PRP) for the site removed and disposed of a contaminated pile consisting of 160 cubic yards of waste and soil. In 1986, cleanup technologies were selected in a Record of Decision (ROD) including: (1) demolition and off-site disposal of the eastern portion of the Crimm Orchard Packing Shed and its contents; and (2) anaerobic biodegradation of the pesticide-contaminated soils from the former Pesticide Pile Area, the former Pesticide Mixing Shed and the soils from under the Crimm Orchard Packing Shed. A total estimated volume of 3,600 cubic yards of soil were to be consolidated and placed in treatment beds to be constructed on site. EPA began the demolition and off-site disposal of the eastern portion of the Crimm Orchard Packing Shed and its contents on February 24, 1988, and completed it on April 22, 1988. EPA performed treatability studies for the bioremediation of the consolidated soils on two separate occasions. Both studies demonstrated that bioremediation could not successfully treat the soils to meet the cleanup levels specified in the ROD. In 1992, EPA re-evaluated the site based on new risk assessment guidance and determined that the soils did not pose an unacceptable risk. Therefore, it was concluded that no additional actions were necessary to clean up the site. This decision is documented in a ROD Amendment dated April, 1992. In June of 1996, a Notice of Intent to Delete this site from the NPL was published in the Federal Register which initiated a thirty-day comment period. No comments were received during the comment period and the site was officially deleted from the NPL in August of 1996.

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