Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals, Inc.
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EPA Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-202
Virginia DEQ RCRA CA Program Manager
DEQ Office of Remediation Programs
629 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 698-4099
- Corrective Action Status: Corrective Action Underway
- Human Exposure Controlled: TBA
- Ground Water Controlled:
Environmental information is being reviewed to determine the status of the environmental indicators, the need for corrective measures, and/or the need for additional data.
The BICI Facility, formerly known as Infracorp, Ltd. and Lee Laboratories, Inc. (before January 1993), is located on approximately 200 acres in a largely undeveloped and forested area south of Richmond with mixed residential and industrial use. The property is approximately 20 percent developed and contains several production/manufacturing buildings, process buildings, storage buildings, asphalt parking lots and roadways, and landscaped areas. The buildings were constructed between the 1980s and 2000s. Pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates are manufactured at the plant.
Numerous hazardous chemicals, non-hazardous chemicals, and petroleum products are used in the manufacturing process. The raw chemicals and petroleum products are stored in large aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), 55-gallon drums, and carboys. The Facility is a large-quantity generator of hazardous waste. The hazardous and non-hazardous wastes generated at the Facility are stored in above ground storage tanks, tanker trucks, 55-gallon drums, carboys, and small containers pending disposal/treatment.
The Facility entered the RCRA Corrective Action Program as a result of operating a former hazardous waste storage unit that was closed with the approval of VADEQ in 1998. A Corrective Action Permit was issued and effective from February 16, 1986 to February 15, 1996. During the term of the Permit, BI conducted an investigation of two land based units (the Old Land Treatment Area and the Liquid Waste Disposal Area). In a letter dated December 26, 1990, EPA determined that based on a review of the sampling results that no additional sampling or corrective action is warranted. Subsequent to the evaluations, a release from the facility sewers was identified and reported by the Facility. In a letter dated February 21, 2007, the Facility voluntarily agreed to participate in EPA’s Facility Lead Program to evaluate site conditions that may warrant corrective action.
In June 1995, a broken pipe was discovered below a manufacturing building. Production activities ceased and the pipe was repaired within one month. An estimated 300 cubic feet of potentially impacted soil attributed to the broken pipe was removed.
In November 2008, discolored perched water was discovered within bedding material surrounding a wastewater sewer pipe. The release was determined to be the result of a hairline crack in a manhole. The manhole was repaired. 2053 lbs of impacted liquid materials and 7.64 tons of soil were removed.
Contamination has been found in onsite groundwater. In the mid 1990’s, free product toluene was present along with dissolved concentrations greater than 100,000 ug/l toluene. Groundwater evaluations conducted in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011 indicate the concentration of toluene is now below the limit of detection and below risk based levels.
Methyl tert butyl ether (“MTBE”) was detected at a concentration greater than1,000 μg/l in one site groundwater sample collected in 2004. The maximum concentration of MTBE in groundwater samples collected since 2004 was 135 μg/l. BI conducted investigations in 2011 and 2012 to determine the extent of the distribution of MTBE in groundwater. The extent of MTBE distribution was determined to be limited to onsite. During evaluations of the extent of MTBE contamination in 2011 and 2012, groundwater locations that were analyzed for MTBE contained less than 53 μg/l. The EPA Region III risk based screening level for MTBE in drinking (tap) water is 12 ug/l.
Other contaminants have been detected in onsite groundwater. A localized presence of the chemical 1,2 dichloropropane has been detected at concentrations greater than the tap water risk based level (0.39 ug/L) and below the maximum contaminant level "MCL" (5 ug/l). A localized presence of halomethanes including bromochloromethane, bromodichloromethane, chloroform, dibromochloromethane and methylene chloride have been detected in groundwater on site. Of these, methylene chloride exceeded the MCL (5 ug/l) in two groundwater samples collected in 2004, with the concentration exceeding 1000 ug/l in one sample.
The need for institutional controls, such as deed restrictions, will be evaluated in the corrective action decision making process.
Key documents of interest are described below:
- December 2012 Technical Groundwater Memos on Flow and Quality
- January 2012 Progress Report
- February 2012 Draft Environmental Indicator submittal
- March 2012 Draft Conceptual Site Model Report
- June 2012 Methylene Chloride AOC 1 Figure
Documents and reports regarding this facility can be reviewed in person at this location:
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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