Emporia Foundry Incorporated
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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) 814-3444
DEQ Project Manager
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
629 East Main Street Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 698-4218
- The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead agency for oversight of RCRA Corrective Action (CA) work at the facility.
- The Post-closure Care Permit for the Facility was originally issued August 26, 1994 and renewed September 26, 2005. The current Permit includes site-wide CA requirements of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1984. The permit requires the facility to conduct a RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) for potential releases of hazardous waste and/or hazardous constituents at specified solid waste management units (SWMUs) and Areas of Concern (AOCs) identified at the facility.
- The Facility submitted a Phase I RFI Report to the DEQ on July 31, 2008. This report was reviewed by DEQ and a Phase II RFI work plan was required.
- The final Phase II RFI work plan was received by DEQ October 26, 2011. This was plan was approved by DEQ on November 17, 2011.
- After completion of Phase II activities, two areas were retained for additional evaluation, being SWMU 1 (Former Waste Oil Tank) and the Riparian Buffer area (near RFI Phase I RFI sampling location RS-3).
- The Facility conducted risk evaluation for SWMU 1 and additional remedial activities consisting of soil cap in the riparian remediation area.
- In a letter dated August 28, 2014, VDEQ determined that the RCRA Investigation and interim measures implementation at the Facility are complete and the information submitted adequately meets the criteria and standards of the Corrective Action program.
- VDEQ prepared a Statement of Basis on January 21, 2015 proposing institutional and engineering controls as the final remedy for the site.
- VDEQ implemented the final remedy decision through a Class 2 Permit modification to the Facility’s Hazardous Waste Permit on March 31, 2015.
- The Facility will pursue an environmental covenant under the Uniform Environmental Covenant Act (UECA) to maintain institutional and engineering controls.
- Emporia Foundry is located in an industrial area on Reese Street in Emporia, Virginia. The facility lies between multi-family residential areas to the North, and commercial/industrial areas to the South and East. The facility manufactured gray-iron, municipal castings by mold-casting methods for use by municipal governments and the construction industry. Manufactured castings included manhole covers, manhole cover receptacles, and drain grates. The facility has ceased operations and is in the process of decommissioning all equipment and closing the facility.
- The foundry site contains a closed hazardous waste landfill, approximately 3.7 acres; the landfill contains characteristic wastes under the RCRA. The landfill, a regulated unit, is bounded on the north and east by Little Metcalf Branch, on the south by CSX Railroad tracks, and on the west by a drainage ditch.
- Between 1965 and 1975, foundry wastes consisting of cupola slag, spent casting sand, and spent steel shot were spread at the landfill. Between January 1975, and December 1981, cupola baghouse dust was included with other wastes. Between January 1982, and the fall of 1982, foundry waste without cupola baghouse dust was spread on the site, and by December of 1982, the landfill disposal operations ceased.
- The primary contaminants in the soils and groundwater at the facility are lead and cadmium.
- There is a deed notice in place concerning the closed landfill.
- The Final Remedy implemented through the modification of the Facility’s Hazardous Waste Permit requires maintenance of institutional and engineering controls. The Facility will pursue an environmental covenant under the Uniform Environmental Covenant Act (UECA) to maintain these controls.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [PDF, 15 pages, 3.43 MB, About PDF]
- Post Closure Care Permit Modification Class 2 Approval Letter [PDF, 3 pages, 43 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 11 pages, 662 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 12 pages, 1302 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
Virginia DEQ Central Office
DEQ Project Manager
P.O. Box 10009
Richmond, VA 23240-0009
Phone: (276) 676-4867
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
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- This facility is closed and undergoing demolition.
- The DEQ and EPA are dedicated to providing timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DEQ Project Manager Tara Mason at (804) 698-4218 or EPA Contact Luis Pizarro at (215) 814-3444.