Superfund Sites in Reuse in the U.S. Virgin Islands
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The Tutu Wellfield Superfund site is on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The site consists of a 108-acre contaminated groundwater plume. In 1987, the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources investigated the site following reports of fuel odors in groundwater wells. EPA testing confirmed contaminants in the groundwater supply and area soils. Investigations linked the contamination to a dry cleaner, two automotive service stations and a former textile manufacturing plant. EPA added the site to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1995. Cleanup in the 1990s and 2000s included groundwater collection and treatment. Institutional controls prohibit unauthorized use of groundwater wells. Contaminated soils were treated in place with soil vapor extraction, then removed and taken off site for disposal. Long-term monitoring and more work at the former textile manufacturing plant are ongoing. Work at the plant involves treating the source area and accelerating the cleanup process. Many businesses, schools, churches and homes remain in continued use on site.
Last updated August 2021
As of December 2020, EPA had data on 4 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 3 people and generated an estimated $4,613,000 in annual sales revenue. For additional information click here.
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