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Trimodal Terminal and 6Twelve Properties
Former Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation

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EPA ID:WVD004319539
Route 2
Follansbee, WV 26037
Property Area 611 acres
Congressional District: 1
Other Names: : Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation,
Severstal Steel, RGSteel, 6Twelve Properties, Trimodal Terminal
LAST UPDATE August 2015

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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Andrew Fan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street- 3LC20
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone:(215) 814-3426
Email: fan.andrew@epa.gov

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
Email: Kenan.Cetin@wv.gov

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Site Status


    In June 2, 1998 EPA issued a Unilateral Order to Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation (WPSC) pursuant to Section 3008(h) of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), to perform the following tasks:  1) implement Interim Measures at the Facility to prevent or mitigate threats to human health or the environment; 2) conduct a site investigation to determine the nature and extent of any release of hazardous waste and/or hazardous constituents at or from the Facility; and 3) conduct a Corrective Measures Study to identify and evaluate alternatives for corrective action necessary to prevent or mitigate migration or releases of hazardous wastes and/or hazardous constituents at or from the facility.

    WPSC and its successor RG Steel LLC has completed Task 1 but not Tasks 2 and 3 before declaring bankruptcy in 2013.  In a bankruptcy estate sale, the 610-acre WPSC is subdivided into an 80-acre parcel sold to Trimodal Terminal, L.P. and a 341-acre parcel sold to 6Twelve Properties, LP.  The balance of 189 acres WPSC property remains unclaimed at the time of this writing.  In December 2013, EPA issued an Administrative Order to the common owner of 6Twelve Properties and Trimodal Terminal L.P. by which the owner assumes the responsibility to complete the remaining investigation tasks.

    In December 2014, EPA issued a No-Further-Action decision on a 326-acre undeveloped parcel, known as Parcel A, within the 6Twelve Properties based on review of available information which indicates that the parcel has no unaddressed releases of hazardous waste or hazardous constituents.    The remaining 15-acre parcel, known as Parcel B, requires further investigation to identify a remedy.  A perimeter fence has been erected on Parcel B as an interim measure to prevent human exposure to coal tar disposal within.

    Site investigation for the 80-acre Trimodal Properties has been completed.  EPA is currently preparing a Statement of Basis to support a proposed remedy to protect human health by implementing institutional and engineering controls.  The institutional controls will impose deed restrictions to prevent future groundwater and residential land uses.  Engineering controls will impose requirements to install vapor mitigation systems in future buildings at impacted areas, implement soil management plan, and cover impacted areas with clean soil or impervious surfaces to prevent human exposure.

    The owner is looking for buyers or tenants to develop the land in which the 326-acre Parcel A of 6Twelve Properties is ready for development with no restrictions, and the 80-acre Trimodal Properties will be ready for development with restrictions imposed by institutional controls contained in the proposed remedy. 

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    WPSC is a Coke Plant that began operation in 1917. Past operations include operation of coke ovens to produce metallurgical-grade coke for use in steel production, processing of coke-oven gas in the Byproducts Plant, and treatment of generated wastewater. Primary coke production and byproducts recovery operations were conducted on portions of the WPSC facility adjacent to 6Twelve Properties and Trimodal Terminal.

    Past operations in the 6Twelve Properties is limited to disposal of coal tar within the 15-acre Parcel B. Past operations in the Trimodal Terminal include material storage of iron ore, sinter ore, raw material, coke stockpile, operation of a former tar decanter sludge impoundment (previously closed under RCRA), a former Sinter Plant, an active rail line, and an active vehicle maintenance garage.

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Contaminants and Risks

    Contaminants currently known to exist at the Facility include benzene, toluene, phenol, naphthalene, benz(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, and metals.

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Documents and Reports

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Photos, Maps and Diagrams

Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel
Follansbee Plant

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