CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jan. 2, 2019) – The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has accepted a Voluntary Remediation Program application submitted by Appalachian Tank Car Services (VRP #18003) to address environmental conditions at Appalachian Tank Car facility in Summers County.
The site is located at 494 Stokes Drive in Hinton and includes approximately 11.518 acres. The site was utilized for rail car maintenance and repair since 1940. The site is currently utilized for rail car cleaning, maintenance, repair. The site will be utilized for rail car cleaning, maintenance, and repair, with the anticipation of rail car painting in the future.
The constituents of potential concern at the site for soils are 2-methylnaphthalene, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(k)fluoranthene, butylbenzylphthalate, chrysene, dibenzofuran, hexachloroethane, indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene, naphthalene, arsenic, barium, cadmium, lead, mercury, and selenium. The constituent of potential concern at the site for groundwater is lead.
OER has negotiated a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the applicant. Under the VRA, the applicant will work with the WVDEP to identify human health and ecological risks associated with current and potential future uses of the site; establish applicable remediation standards; and ensure that standards are maintained at the site. Upon completion of the remediation, a final report will be submitted to OER for review and approval.
West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act encourages voluntary cleanups of contaminated sites, as well as redevelopment of abandoned and under-utilized properties, with an objective of counteracting the lack of development on sites with contamination or perceived contamination. By providing financial incentives to invest in brownfields, this approach protects communities and the environment while still promoting economic development in West Virginia.
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