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Shaffer Equipment

EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)

West Virginia
Fayette County

EPA ID# WVD981038300

2nd Congressional District

Last Update: May 2000
No future updates

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Current Site Status

The site was secured with the decontamination and dismantling of the Shaffer building. Work is underway on the design of the final cap for the site. An Interagency Agreement with Army Corps of Engineers is in place for the design and construction of a cap over the remaining area of sub surface PCB contamination. Close on the heels of this action, is a West Virginia Bureau of Mines reclamation project on the adjacent Minden Mine # 3. Coordination of the two design and construction activities has been assigned to the Corps of Engineers to insure that there is no impact on the Site cap from future reclamation activities.

The final phase of this EPA Removal Action is scheduled for the Spring 2000 with the completion of a cap and storm water controls. The only post-removal site control action that EPA anticipates is the periodic sampling of monitoring wells at the site by the state.

Site Description

The Site was an electrical equipment repair facility that had scrapped unrepairable electrical equipment indescrimanently dumping polychlorinated biphenyl PCB contaminated oil into the soil on the site. The site is located along Arbuckle Creek in a valley which drains to the Northeast into the New River Gorge National River.
Site Responsibility
Cleanup of this site is the responsibility of an EPA Superfund Removal Action.
NPL Listing History
This Site is not on the National Priorities List.

Threats and Contaminants

The remaining concern is the Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) contamination found in sub-surface soils under and around the former Shaffer Equipment Company building. PCB is a hazardous substance as defined in Section 101(14) CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9601(14)

Cleanup Progress

The site was discovered and the initial removal action started in December 1984, and after attempts to use an innovative technology ended in December 1987. EPA further assessed the site and for potential ranking as a National Priority List (NPL) Site. Those efforts uncovered levels of contamination that required further removal action which took place from May of 1989 to January 1990. The efforts to list the site in stopped when a pre-score evaluation show that the site would not score high enough to rank as a NPL Site. Concurrently a third removal was conducted from October 1990 to January 1991 when sampling for the pre-score found high levels of subsurface contamination next to the Shaffer building. In 1992 Region III’s Superfund Removal Branch began an extensive review of the site history, initial mitigation efforts, and current site conditions. On September 24, 1997 the EPA Region III initiated a removal restart action at the Shaffer Equipment Company Site, Minden, WV. The EPA has determined that the final remedy for the site was to remove the building and construct a cap over the site preventing direct contact with and migration of the remaining sub-surface PCB contamination.


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