Formerly: Beazer East
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EPA Project Manager
Luis Pizarro 3 LC20
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3444
West Virginia Dept of Environmental Protection Kenan Cetin, Ph.D.
Environmental Resources Specialist
Division of Land Restoration
O601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0440
- The facility is currently owned and operated by Koppers Industries, Inc. In October 1990, EPA issued a 3008(h) Consent Order to Beazer East, former owner of the facility, to conduct a site wide investigation and to identify a remedy
- On September 10, 2010, EPA issued a Statement of Basis (SB) in which EPA proposed a Final Remedy for the Facility. The proposed Final Remedy consisted of the following 4 components: a soils component (Soil Remedy); a sediment component (Sediment Remedy); a groundwater component (Groundwater Remedy) and Facility-wide Institutional Controls (ICs). The proposed Soil Remedy consisted of compliance with and maintenance of ICs. The proposed Sediment Remedy consisted of dredging and capping. The proposed Groundwater Remedy consisted of continued operation of the perched groundwater collection system and the expansion of the interim dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) recovery system, as well as compliance with and maintenan
- On September 10, 2010, EPA placed an announcement in the Weirton Daily Times to announce a 30-day public comment on the SB. Based on comments received during the public comment period, EPA has determined that it is not necessary to modify its proposed Final Remedy as set forth in the SB. EPA is, however, making minor modifications to the factual background and clarifying certain aspects of the proposed Final Remedy as described in the Final Decision and Response to Comments [59pp, 3569 KB, About PDF]
- A Remedy Implementation Order was issued on January 3, 2012. In accordance with the Order, construction of the cap began in summer 2011 and completed on January 25, 2012. In 2016, an Environmental Covenant was approved by WVDEP which will oversee compliance with institutional controls contained in the remedy.
- The facility is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia along the east bank of the Ohio River in Brooke County, just north of the City of Follansbee, West Virginia. The facility occupies about 34 acres and is bounded to the north, south, and east by a coke-making facility owned by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation. Throughout its operation history dating back to 1914, the facility has changed ownership several times but has always been operated as a coal-tar processing plant. The facility is located in a heavily industrialized zone within one mile of several population centers. The northern portion of the facility is highly contaminated with coal tar constituents in soil and groundwater which have migrated into bedrock.
- The RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3 with assistance from the State. The site was formerly listed under the Superfund National Priority List (NPL), but actual oversight work has been preformed under a 1990 Consent Order from the RCRA program. The site was delisted from the NPL around 2005.
- In December 15, 2003, EPA has approved West Virginia RCRA Corrective Action Program. EPA will continue to oversee performance of the work required under the 1990 Consent Order work, which will lead to selection of the remedy. After selection of the remedy, oversight responsibility to implement the remedy will be transferred to West Virginia.
- Ohio River is a sensitive ecological habitat. The river is hydraulically connected to the alluvial aquifer in which groundwater moves preferentially toward the river and during flood stage, a reverse flow may occur. Thus, the contaminated groundwater has potentially greater impact on the river than on wells near the facility. The region is heavily industrialized and multiple upstream contributors exist. Thus, it may be difficult to quantify the isolated impact from one facility on the river.
- The site is contaminated from a century of coal tar processing operations. The soil and groundwater in the shallow and alluvial zones are contaminated with a range of contaminants including, but not limited to naphthalene, phenol, volatile organics (benzine, xylene, toluene, ethybenzene, trichloroethene and trichlorobenzene), polycyclic aromatics, cyanide, and metals. A coal-tar DNAPL pool, up to 7 feet thick in one well, was detected in the bedrock one hundred feet beneath the surface
- The Final Remedy consists of the Soil Remedy with Institutional Controls (ICs ), the Sediment Remedy, the Groundwater Remedy, and Facility-wide non-engineering controls.
- The ICs shall be implemented through an enforceable mechanism such as an order or n Environmental Covenant pursuant to the West Virginia Uniform Environmental Covenants Act, Chapter 22, Article 22.B, §§ 22-22B-1 through 22-22B-14 of the West
Virginia Code (Environmental Covenant).
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Final Decision and Response to Comments [59pp, 3569 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [6pp, 23 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater [124pp, 112 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
West Viriginia Dept of Enviromental Protection
Division of Waste Management
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 926-0499
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
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- The facility maintains its current use.
- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the EPA Project Manager: Luiz Pizarro (215) 814-34444.