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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
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
DEQ Project Manager
P.O. Box 10009
Richmond, VA 23240-0009
Phone: (703) 583-3825
- The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has delegated the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as the lead agency for oversight of technical and administrative Corrective Action (CA) work at the BASF facility under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
- On October 10, 2008, USEPA issued a Final Determination of no further action for soils at undeveloped Areas 1Athrough 1E, and groundwater in the undeveloped Areas 1C and 1E.
- DEQ’s review comments addressing the Site–Wide Soil Risk Assessment, BASF Corporation dated September 15, 2003 were sent to the facility in a letter dated October 17, 2007. In addition, the DEQ’s comments addressing the Corrective Action Plan, Area 2, Truswood Property, dated October 14, 2004, were sent to the facility in a letter dated October 25, 2007.
- The Final Focused Corrective Measures Study for Area 4 C was submitted in August 2011 and approved by the Department and approved by the Department on November 7, 2011. Based on recent developments regarding the potential future use in this area, the facility is currently evaluating other options in Area 4C.
- BASF has, and is currently, investigating and remediating soil and groundwater at the facility at additional areas. The BASF facility remaining under investigation is segmented into Parcel Areas under RCRA CA and will be addressed through currently ongoing and future investigations and actions.
- The BASF, Williamsburg, Virginia site is located in James City County, Virginia approximately one mile west of the point where U.S. Route 60 passes through the community of Lee Hall. The site is bounded on the west by the James River, on the east by Wood Creek, and on the south by undeveloped land, wetlands, and Skiffes Creek. The Site occupies approximately 700 acres, with manufacturing facilities limited to approximately 10 percent of the total site area. The developed portion of the site is approximately 303 acres. Approximately 397 acres of the property is considered undeveloped. The company manufactured acrylic fibers, acrylic spun yarns, and anti-static non-filament yarns for use in apparel and home furnishings.
- The BASF site was previously owned by Dow Chemicals. In 1958, Dow initiated production of acrylic fibers at the site. The facility became part of a joint venture by DOW and BASF in 1966 and was known as the Dow-Badische Corporation. BASF acquired the site from DOW in 1978, and continued production of acrylic products (acrylic fibers, acrylic spun yarns, and anti-static non-filament yarns) for use in apparel and home furnishings until 1989. In 1989, the industrial portion of the facility was sold to Mann Industries. Mann Industries maintained production of acrylic fibers until the Company went into receivership in 1993. The facility has been inactive since that time and has been in the process of being dismantled.
- The main contaminants known to be present include benzene, 1, 1-dichloroethene, 1, 4-dioxane, cis-1, 2-dichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, vinyl chloride, and zinc.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 13 pages, 171 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF,9 pages, 155 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
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. Additional fee for requests over 100 pages.
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- The facility is currently not being used or is undeveloped.
- 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: Luis Pizarro (215) 814-3444.