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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Firestone Fibers and Textiles in Hopewell, Virginia

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The first investigation of the Firestone 37 acre parcel came about in 1989 with the planned sale of 13 acres to Ultra Cogen Systems (later became Hadson Power). Ultra Cogen Systems hired a consultant (Froehling & Robertson, Inc.) to perform soil and groundwater sampling activities on the northern portion of the parcel as part of its due diligence in connection with its purchase of the parcel. The analytical results indicated the presence of lead at concentrations exceeding background, including results that exhibited the hazardous waste characteristics of toxicity as determined by EP-toxicity methods, on several locations on the Hadson parcel. Firestone retained Woodward-Clyde Consultants (WCC) to develop and implement a site restoration plan. The site plan was approved by Ultra Cogen Systems and Firestone, and was implemented in September 1989.

Cleanup Status

The Final decision for the site was signed by EPA on July 1, 2006. The Final decision required Firestone to continue to monitor groundwater until the appropriate levels are achieved thru natural attenuation. EPA also required Firestone to restrict groundwater use at the facility thru institutional controls.

On December 16, 2008, Firestone signed a Facility lead Agreement to implement the Corrective Measures as prescribed in the Final decision.

Firestone has implemented a groundwater monitoring plan for the site and also a Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions and Deed Notice has been attached to the property.

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Site Description

Interactive Map of Firestone Fibers & Textiles, Hopewell, VA

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The AlliedSignal Site (formerly Firestone Fiber) consists of an approximately 37-acre parcel located south of the Hadson Power property and east of the Exeter Site. Firestone operated a polyester plant on the AlliedSignal parcel from 1973 until 1995. In 1995, the property was sold to AlliedSignal, and Firestone leased back a small area called the F-62 process area, which it continued to operate through approximately June 1999. AlliedSignal operated the plant from the time of the property transaction in 1995 to early 2000, when Allied Signal merged with Honeywell. In 2000, all plant operations were discontinued.

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    Contaminants at this Facility

    The main constituents of concern are TCE, and 1.2 Dicholoroethane in groundwater.

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    Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

     Institutional Controls consists of continued monitoring of groundwater and the restriction of groundwater use.

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

    The facility is unused.

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    Site Responsibility at this Facility

    Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality with assistance from EPA Region 3.

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