Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)West Virginia
8 miles south of Martinsburg
EPA ID# WVD980693402
2nd Congressional District
Last Update: August 2012
No future updates
Current Site StatusThe Environmental Protection Agency has deleted this site from the National Priorities List (NPL). All cleanup work is complete.
Site DescriptionThe 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 ResponsibilityThis site was addressed through a combination of federal, state and potentially responsible parties' actions.
NPL Listing HistoryProposed Date: 12/30/82
Final Date: 09/08/83
Deletion Date: 08/29/96
Threats and ContaminantsThe 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.