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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
EPA issued the Final Decision and Response to Comment (FDRTC) on November 16, 2012, for the Martinsville site. The FDRTC incorporates the remedy detailed in the Statement of Basis, which restricts the Facility to industrial use through compliance with and maintenance of institutional controls, restriction on groundwater use, continued maintenance of existing soil capping over ash piles, and recovery of trichloroethylene (TCE) from groundwater. Virginia DEQ will be issuing a Corrective Action Permit in 2013 to implement the selected remedy.
Located on DuPont Road in Henry County, Martinsville, Virginia, the DuPont facility has been part of this Piedmont region community since the early 1940s. The site is situated within a stream meander of the Smith River, and covers approximately 550 acres. There are over 200 feet of topographic relief across the site.
Various types of waste have been generated and managed at the DuPont facility including nylon wastes, coal ash, spent finish oil, spent nitric and formic acids, and laboratory chemicals.
The site operated between 1941 and 1988, and was one of the world's largest nylon manufacturers. Currently, only the InvistaTM 60-person spinerette production operation is active. All former nylon manufacturing buildings have been razed.
Volatile organic compounds are the main constituents detected in groundwater at the site. These compounds primarily consist of solvents including carbon tetrachloride, tetrachloroethene and trichlorethene.
Over the past year, the DuPont site has had several meetings with the City of Martinsville and the Henry County to update them concerning the status of the Corrective Action process. This information has also been communicated through the Martinsville/Henry County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Community Awareness Emergency Response Committee.
Institutional controls were selected as part of the final remedy, and will be implemented under an UECA covenant and the Virginia DEQ permit in 2013.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis[24 pp, 10657 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [9pp, 167 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [12pp, 171 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.
- Also there are major parcels of land in reuse [1p, 342 KB, About PDF]
- 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