Glenn Springs Holdings Inc.
(Formerly: Occidental Chemical Company)
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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Erich Weissbart 3LC20
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
West Virginia Dept of Environmental Protection
Ms. Cathy Guynn
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
- In September 1992, the Occidental Chemical Company (OxyChem) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered into an Administrative Order on Consent to conduct a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Investigation (RFI) and a Corrective Measures Study (CMS) and to perform Interim Measures (IMs), as necessary, at the Facility. The RFI was implemented in two phases: The purpose of Phase I, which was completed in July 1998, was to evaluate whether soil and groundwater quality was impacted by the solid waste management units located on facility property. Phase I field work included extensive surface, subsurface soil and groundwater sampling, aquifer testing, geophysical studies and collection of sediment and surface water samples. The results of Phase I work indicated that there are two broad source areas, the Production Area and Area 7. The Phase II RFI was designed to expand on the Phase I RFI work by further investigating soil and groundwater quality associated with these sources. In addition, Phase II evaluated the potential ecological impact from releases at the site, and included other data collection activities, such as additional surface soil analysis, necessary for the completion of the RFI. Phase II work was initiated in the spring of 1999 and completed by the summer of 2000. The potential human health and ecological risks posed by the site were evaluated for various exposure scenarios. This evaluation was completed in 2003 and EPA approved the Final RFI in February 2004. EPA also approved the Human Health Indicator in 2004.
- The property is now managed by Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc. (Glenn Springs). Due to the site's complexity, EPA and Glenn Springs decided the best path forward for the facility would be to implement interim measure cleanups, prior to selecting a final remedy. Glenn Springs is currently implementing two interim measures. One interim measure is an in-situ enhanced bioremediation technology in the former plant production area (the Production Source Area), begun in the Summer of 2004. Numerous wells introduce a dilute molasses solution into the aquifer in the Production Source Area. The molasses provides a food source to indigenous microbes that can biodegrade the primary site contaminants. To facilitate distribution of the molasses solution, Glenn Springs enhanced permeability of the subsurface through hydro-fracturing.
- The other interim measure is a sheet pile wall, keyed into bedrock, located near the confluence of Reynolds branch and the Kanawha River. Glenn Springs installed the wall in the Fall of 2005. Because groundwater data indicated that the sheet-pile wall is not completely impermeable, Glenn Springs proposed a system of TreeWellsŪ to maintain hydraulic control within the wall. EPA/ WVDEP, and Glenn Springs are currently evaluating the TreeWellsŪ as a potential part of the final remedy for the site.
- OxyChem is actively involved in the Community Action Committee established jointly by DuPont and OxyChem to address citizen's concerns about the site safety, health and environmental performance and review related topics. The Committee is composed of citizens from neighboring communities and plant personnel. Programs like the RFI are typically reviewed in the team's monthly meetings. OxyChem representatives attend these meetings and share pertinent information about the activities at the site. EPA provides periodic updates to the group on the status of the cleanup. EPA, WVDEP and Oxychem plan to keep the community involved as we work toward a final remedy at the site.
- The former OxyChem facility is located in Belle, West Virginia, approximately 15 miles southeast of Charleston, West Virginia, on a 23-acre site adjacent to the Kanawha River. The Belle Facility is located in a mixed industrial/residential area, which includes the DuPont Belle plant located immediately adjacent to the site's northern property boundary. Chemical production operations began at the site in 1920 by Belle Alkali Company and continued through a succession of owners and tenants until OxyChem purchased the facility in 1986. OxyChem manufactured multi-product chloromethanes from chlorine until the plant shutdown in October 1994. All process equipment and buildings have been taken down and removed from the site.
- Volatile organic compounds are the main constituents found in the site's soil and groundwater. These compounds primarily consist of methylene chloride, chloroform, and carbon tetrachloride. Semi-volatile organic compounds and metals were also detected.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrrective Action Final Decision & Response to Comments[PDF,26 pp, 3466 KB, About PDF]
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [PDF,24 pp, 3434 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 9 pp, 21 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater [PDF, 9pp, 61 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 is unused.
- 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. Erich Weissbart (410) 305-2779.