(Formerly DuPont Waynesboro)
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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Michael Jacobi
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street MS 3LC20
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Virginia Dept of Environmental Quality
629 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
The Invista (formerly DuPont Waynesboro) Site is located in Waynesboro, Virginia, in the southeastern portion of the city along the South River.
In September 1998, EPA issued to DuPont for the Waynesboro Site the Corrective Action portion (i.e., HSWA permit) of their site RCRA Permit (Permit No. VAD003114832) to conduct investigations and determine if corrective measures, of on-site solid waste management units (SWMUs) is necessary. The RCRA Permit was renewed by Virginia DEQ in 2009.
Under EPA direction, DuPont prepared a RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Plan and a Land Use Report. The RFI investigation was conducted in three phases. A RFI Report containing the findings of the RFI was submitted by DuPont in 2009. EPA requested additional wells be installed near the former mercury retort area, as well as some old wells be taken out of service. The additional groundwater wells are being installed in October 2011 to clarify groundwater conditions near the former mercury retort area. This information will be used to support the RFI Report that was previously submitted by DuPont in 2009.
An extensive sewer investigation was conducted from 2006 thru 2010 near the former Chemical Building, with a report submitted to EPA in August 2011.
DuPont revised the geology portion of the Final RFI in late 2012 and will be submitting the Human Health risk Assessment in early 2013 for EPA review.
Located on DuPont Boulevard in the city of Waynesboro, Virginia, DuPont began operations at the Site by manufacturing acetate flake and yarn in 1929. In 1958, DuPont began producing Orlon, the plants second fiber. The acetate flake and yarn process and Orlon process were discontinued in 1977 and 1990, respectively. In the interim, Lycra7 production had begun in 1962, with Permasep production beginning in 1969 and BCF Nylon in 1978. Only Lycra continues to be made today.
The 177-acre site is located in the southeastern portion of the city along the South River in an industrially zoned area.
- The primary contaminant at the former DuPont Waynesboro Site is mercury, which was used in making acetate flake.
- No institutional controls are currently in place.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [50pp, 21 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [5pp, 24 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4099
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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The facility is under continued use.
- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the EPA Project Manager: Michael Jacobi (215) 814-3435