(Former Quaker State/Ergon Refinery Newell WV)
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EPA Project Manager
Ms Donna McCartney 3LC20
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
EPA is currently working with Shell and their consultants to complete the RCRA Facility Investigation (“RFI”) phase of this project, and to finalize the 2009 Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment Report. Once this work is completed, a Corrective Measures Study (“CMS”) will be prepared to fulfill the requirements of the Administrative Order that was issued by EPA in 1994.
On February 18, 1994 EPA executed an Administrative Order requiring the former Facility owner Quaker State to complete various RCRA Corrective Action activities for the Congo Refinery in Newell, WV. Quaker State sold the property to Ergon in July 1997 and the operating facility is now known as Ergon West Virginia Inc. Newell Refinery. Pennzoil merged with Quaker State in 1999, and Shell subsequently purchased Pennzoil in October 2002. Shell continues to execute the RCRA Corrective Action activities required by the 1994 EPA Order for the Newell WV Facility. These activities include the conduct of a RFI and the preparation of a Corrective Measures Study to identify cleanup options that are needed to stabilize the site conditions and/or mitigate any unacceptable risks posed by the presence of contamination. Between 1994 and 2009, multiple phases of investigation work were completed to delineate contamination that was present in soil and groundwater at the Facility. Various Interim Measures (“IMs”) including source removal work and groundwater monitoring were also completed at the Facility. These measures are ongoing to ensure the site conditions are stable, and that no offsite migration of contaminants occurs or unacceptable health risks are posed.
The Former Quaker State/Ergon Refinery, Newell WV Facility is located along the south bank of the Ohio River in Hancock County, West Virginia, approximately 1.5 miles southwest of the town of Newell. The approximately 70 acre fenced area of the Facility consists of refining process units, fuel loading racks, tanks, warehouses, office and administration buildings, a wastewater treatment plant, process and storm sewers, a railroad spur entering from the south and pipelines leading to the barge docks on the Ohio River. The area surrounding the Facility is rural and sparsely populated. In the immediate vicinity of the Facility, land use is primarily low density industrial and residential.
Contaminants of concern include benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, naphthalene, MTBE, MEK, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, pyrene, arsenic, chromium, iron, lead and manganese.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 6 pp, 91 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater [PDF, 8 pp, 154 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.
Community Information Repository
Lynn Murray Memorial Public Library
601 Railroad Street
Chester, WV 26034
Hours of Operation: M-F 10:00am to 7:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am to 2:00pm
- 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 in continued use.
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: Ms Donna McCartney (215) 814-3427.