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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Phillips Electronics - The Genie Company Site in Shenandoah, Virginia

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Philips Electronics North America Corporation (PENAC) continues to manage Corrective Action activities in accordance with the EPA Facility Lead Program and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Consent Order (CO), dated May 12, 2001. Also associated with Corrective Action for this facility is an adjacent property where hazardous materials were handled, known as the KVK Property.

    Cleanup Status

    In 2012, PENAC completed an on-site interim measure (IM) utilizing electrical resistivity heating (ERH) to recover and treat trichloroethene (TCE) and its associated degradation compounds from soil associated with the former dry well area. A final IM Report was submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) in May 2013. Any outstanding issues with this area will be addressed as part of the Facility’s final remedy.

    PENAC is moving forward with an off-site interim measure involving the installation of a water line along River Road to supply potable water to residents for which PENAC maintains water treatment systems. The construction of this project is anticipated to begin in 2013.

    PENAC anticipates finalizing their final Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Investigation (RFI) Report by September 2013. Subsequent to the RFI phase of the project, PENAC will be required to complete a Corrective Measures Study (CMS).

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    Site Description

    Interactive Map of the Phillips Electronics - The Genie Company Site, Shenandoah, VA


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    The Genie Manufacturing facility occupies approximately 13 acres of property located at 611 Williams Avenue in Shenandoah, Virginia. The facility was formerly owned and operated by PENAC and has historically been used to manufacture small electronic components. The facility is now owned by GMI Holdings Inc. and operated by The Genie Company/Overhead Door Corporation, a subsidiary of Sanwa Shutter Corporation where they manufacture parts and control components for automated garage door openers.

    On September 1, 2009, DEQ completed an evaluation of available information and issued “YES” determinations for the “Current Human Exposures Under Control” Environmental Indicators (EIs) and the “Migration of Contaminated Groundwater Under Control” EI in accordance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

    In 2012, The Genie Company terminated its manufacturing operations at the Facility and PENAC completed the ERH interim measures (IM) at the former dry well location on site. An IM Report was submitted to VDEQ. Any outstanding issues will be addressed as part of the Facility’s final remedy.

    PENAC maintains a general factsheet and facility mailing list that includes interested parties in addition to adjacent landowners, regulatory agency representatives, and Town of Shenandoah officials. Upon significant program determinations related to investigations and/or corrective measures/IM implementation, PENAC issues an updated factsheet to persons on the facility mailing list and may issue a public notice.

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    Contaminants at this Facility

    The primary contaminant of concern (COC) based on past operations is trichloroethylene (TCE) and its associated degradation compounds as well as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene (BTEX) associated with a former underground storage tank (UST).

    Impacts include soil contamination on-site and contaminated groundwater on-site and off-site. Soil contamination on-site at the former drywell location has been reduced significantly by the ERH IM. However, some residual low level concentrations of TCE still remain and will be addressed by the Facility’s final remedy.

    No impacts to air, surface water, or sediments were identified during the environmental investigations

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    Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    The need for Institutional Controls is yet to be determined.

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

    This facility is not currently used, but is intended for future industrial use.

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    Site Responsibility at this Facility

    RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of the VDEQ with assistance from the EPA Region 3.

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