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EPA Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street MS 3LC20
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3446
- Since 1992, Cooper Industries (Cooper) has been operating a remediation system to treat contaminated groundwater at the facility in accordance with a RCRA Corrective Action Consent Order. Previously, Cooper completed an investigation at the facility and selected an appropriate remedy. All sources of contaminants (including drain pits, underground concrete tanks, sludge pits and trenches, and the sanitary lagoon) were cleaned up under EPA or the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) authority, as appropriate.
- Groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) continues to be the focus of the remedial activities at the facility. Pursuant to the Consent Order, Cooper operates a pump and treat system to contain and cleanup contaminated groundwater. Groundwater that is recovered is treated through two activated carbon units in series to remove the VOCs, then discharged to a surface water stream, in accordance with a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit. Cooper collects and analyzes groundwater samples on a semiannual basis to evaluate the effectiveness of the system over time.
- After reevaluating the historical data, Cooper modified the groundwater remediation system in 1999 to add two recovery wells in the source area. Cooper also ceased operating three recovery wells located at the fringe of the plume. Groundwater recovery was discontinued at these wells because data indicated that pumping at these perimeter wells provided limited mass removal and was potentially promoting plume migration away from the source area.
- Cooper's most recent Semi-Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report, submitted in February 2008, indicates that VOC contaminant levels have generally decreased or remained relatively constant during the six-month reporting period. Approximately 40 pounds of VOC contaminants were removed from ground water in the second half of 2007. This indicates that the pump and treat system continues to effectively cleanup the ground water and control the migration of contamination in the ground water
- The Cooper facility is located about 10 miles north of Charlottesville, Virginia along Route 660 in Earlysville, Virginia. The facility consists of about 225,000 square feet under roof and covers about 90 acres in a residential/industrial area. Electrical distribution equipment was manufactured at this facility since opening as Panorama Corporation in 1962. Other operations at the facility included Murray Manufacturing in 1967, Arrow Hart in 1970, and Crouse-Hinds in 1975. Cooper acquired the facility in 1981. Manufacturing processes included stamping, grinding, welding, painting, and plating of metal parts. In 1992, the manufacturing operations were sold to Siemens; however, Cooper retained ownership of the property and improvements. Siemens ceased manufacturing operations in 1997 and vacated the property. In 1999, Mr. Donnie Foster purchased the property and leases the buildings as commercial and industrial ffice/warehouse space.
- Informational public meetings have been held in the past. Community groups or interested citizens interested in receiving additional information, may contact the government or facility contacts provided below.
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in groundwater are the contaminants of concern. These compounds primarily consist of tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and cis-1,2-dichloroethene (DCE).
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 8 pages, 359 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 9 pages, 465 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
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 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: Mike Cramer (215) 814-3446.