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Sites in Reuse in West Virginia

Fike Chemical, Inc.
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The Fike Chemical site is located in Nitro, West Virginia. The site consists of two parcels: an 11-acre parcel where small volume batch operations specializing in custom chemical processing took place, and a 1-acre parcel containing the former Cooperative Sewage Treatment (CST) plant. The CST plant treated storm water and wastewater generated by the Fike Chemical plant. The site owner disposed of hazardous materials by burying them in the ground or placing them in on-site lagoons. Operations at the site ended in 1988. Ground water and soil at the site contained contamination from the chemical plant’s process wastes. A portion of the ground water contamination flowed off site toward the Kanawha River, located 2,000 feet east of the facility. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983. EPA and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) have performed cleanup activities at the site. EPA’s activities have included the removal and off-site disposal of approximately 774,000 gallons, 34,000 pounds and 1,000 cubic yards of hazardous materials. The site’s PRPs dismantled on-site structures and used asphalt caps to cover soils with remaining contamination. The PRPs continue monitoring ground water and begun in situ treatment of ground water. A company currently uses the capped portions of the site for employee parking, tanker truck parking, and tanker truck washing and maintenance.
Updated 2/2013

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Leetown Pesticide

The Leetown Pesticide site in Jefferson County, West Virginia, is in an area known for its dairy cattle pastures and forage crop farms. The site includes three separate parcels: the former Pesticide Pile Area, the former Pesticide Mixing Shed, and the Crimm Orchard Packing Shed. Mixing and storage of pesticides and insecticides, including DDT and Lindane for use at the Jefferson and Crimm Orchards, took place at the site. In 1983, EPA added the site to the National Priorities List (NPL). Cleanup activities included the treatment, stabilization or removal of 108 cubic yards of soil from the site. EPA completed cleanup in 1992 and in 1996, EPA deleted the site from the NPL. Today, a portion of the property continues to support dairy farming. A United States Geological Survey facility occupies two acres of the site.
Updated 2/2013

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Ravenswood PCE

The Ravenswood PCE site is located in the downtown area of the City of Ravenswood, West Virginia. The site includes 30 city blocks under which lies ground water contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE). The site surrounds the municipal drinking water plant. It includes five production wells clustered together near the center of the city as well as much of the wellhead protection area to the southwest. PCE contamination of two of the seven production wells in Ravenswood resulted in EPA’s placement of the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2004. Several defunct dry cleaning facilities to the south and west of the water production wells might be the sources of contamination. However, EPA continues to conduct site investigations and studies to determine the sources of contamination. In 2004, an air stripper used to treat ground water began operation. EPA also installed two new production wells to provide uncontaminated water to the City’s citizens. In 2011, EPA selected the final cleanup activities for contaminated ground water at the site. Cleanup activities underway include the installation of ground water and soil treatment systems, continued well-head treatment on the City’s contaminated production wells prior to distribution, and ground water monitoring. Residential, commercial and public services land uses continue at the site.
Updated 2/2013

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