Cytec Industries, Inc.
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EPA Project Manager
Mr Russell Fish
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
West Virginia Dept of Environmental Protection
Kenan Cetin, Ph.D.
Environmental Resources Specialist
Division of Land Restoration
O601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0440
- For purposes of the RCRA Corrective Action environmental investigations, the Cytec Willow Island facility has been divided into three general areas: the plant processing area, the area west of cow creek and the landfill area south of State Route 2. Currently, environmental investigations are focused on the two former landfills know as solid waste management units, (SWMUs), in the area west of cow creek. A Phase I RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) has been completed for both landfills. The analytical results from the first phase of the field investigation indicate the groundwater, sediment and soils have been impacted near the SWMUs due to past waste management practices.
- Additional sampling has confirmed high levels of lead in the sediment of one of the landfills. EPA and WVDEP are currently working with the facility to implement interim measures at this landfill to eliminate any potential risks.
- The Cytec Willow Island facility, located approximately 15 miles northeast of Parkersburg, West Virginia, has been in operation since 1947 as a multi-product, multi-process chemical plant. The facility has produced a variety of organic and inorganic chemicals. The facility covers 972 acres, 250 of which are used for operations that are divided into four business units. Major products are ultraviolet light stabilizers, antioxidants, anti-static agents, surface active agents, aliphatic isocyantates and precious metal reforming catalyst.
- RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3 with assistance from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. This investigation and any necessary cleanup activities are being implemented in accordance with a federal Corrective Action Permit. EPA has issued three modifications to the initial permit documenting additional cleanup tasks. The requirements of the permit include:
• Sampling and Investigation at 11 Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs);
• Structural stability study of a surface impoundment's earthen embankment and implementation of corrective ; measures if warranted;
• RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI), to provide more in-depth information about the SWMUs; and
• Corrective Measures Study (CMS) if warranted, to propose and implement final cleanup actions needed.
Three of the SWMUs, two landfills and a container storage area have been clean closed. Cleanup activities at two other landfills have been completed and these units are currently in a long-term monitoring phase. The structural stability study of the surface impoundment has been completed and concluded that the embankment is stable and no further action is required.
- Metals and volatile organic compounds are the main constituents found in groundwater at the site. The constituents of concern include lead, benzene and solvents such as methanol and toluene. A pump and treat ground water system is in operation at the plant not only to contain the contaminants on-site, but also to reduce their concentration in the ground water.
- Institutional controls, if required, will be determined at the time of remedy selection.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [24pp, 119 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
West Viriginia Dept of Enviromental Protection
Division of Waste Management
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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- The facility maintains its current use and there has been no reuse of the facility property to date.
- 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: Mr. Russell Fish (215) 814-3226.