(Formerly: Thiokol Speciality Chemical Div)
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US Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Bill Wentworth 3LC20
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
WVDEP Project Manager
Kenan Cetin, Ph.D.
Environmental Resources Specialist
Division of Land Restoration
O601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0440
Dennis P. Cooper
7743 Ohio River Boulevard
New Cumberland, WV 26047
The Site was listed on CERCLIS in February 1983 following Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) inspections that revealed numerous waste handling violations. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR) performed a Preliminary Assessment (PA) in 1984 following remedial activities performed by Morton Thiokol, Inc. as part of a 1982
closure plan. The PA recommendations included further investigation of the groundwater, surface water, and soil pathways, as well as the potential migration of contamination to offsite properties. RCRA violations continued under new ownership by Newell Specialty Chemicals (NSC) from 1984 through 1997 resulting in the indictment of two senior
managers on charges of fraud and illegally transporting and disposing of hazardous waste. NewChem, Inc. (NewChem) purchased the facility in 1997 as part of a bankruptcy agreement. NewChem assumed all environmental liability for the Site and removed all drummed waste that remained from NSC’s activities
Site investigation activities were conducted at the site from May 1 through May 4, 2006. During the sampling event, 26 soil/sediment and 25 surface water/groundwater samples were collected. Low levels of organic and inorganic contaminants were identified in various media on-site and off-site. Additional sampling of selected monitoring wells was conducted during December 2009. The results of that sampling event revealed some low level volatile organic contamination in a couple of wells. Based on the results of the 2006 and 2009 investigations a remedy solution consisting of the in-situ treatment of impacted wells and groundwater monitoring until acceptable water quality standards are attained has been selected. The consultant for the NewChem facility submitted a Remedial Implementation Plan to EPA on March 1, 2013. EPA is presently reviewing that document.
The facility is now operated by NewChem, a subsidiary of Deltech Resins Company.
NewChem performs custom organic chemical manufacturing, solvent recovery and drying, as
well as production of powder biocides. The primary site features are as the follows:
• Laboratory and service building,
• 13,400 square-foot clean water storage reservoir,
• Process buildings,
• Two bulk storage tank farms encompassing approximately 20 above-ground storage
• Support building; including shop, compressor room, and boiler room, and
• Hazardous waste drum storage pad
The Site is 13.71 acres, approximately six acres of which are the manufacturing portion of the facility. The remainder of the Site is wooded. The manufacturing portion of the facility consists of a production area that is gated and fenced and a drum storage area located west of the production area, also gated and fenced. The Site is relatively flat with a steep hillside at the western edge of the property that leads down to a former gravel quarry and ponds remaining from quarrying operations; beyond is the Ohio River located approximately 0.5 mile from the Site. Access to the Site is via State Route 2.
EPA has the lead for RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility. WVDEP has been assisting EPA in completing the investigation at this site.
The manufacturing portion of the facility consists of a production area that is gated and fenced and a drum storage area located west of the production area, also gated and fenced.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Final Decision & Comments [PDF, 2 pp, 42KB, About PDF]
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis[PDF, 12 pp, 63 KB, About PDF]
- Corrective Action Factsheet[PDF, 3 pp, 22 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 7 pp, 47 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater [PDF, 8 pp, 23 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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For more information about EPA’s corrective action webpage, including Environmental Indicators, please visit our site at: www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/correctiveaction.htm