CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has accepted a Voluntary Remediation Program application submitted by Commercial Liability Partners WV, LLC (CLP WV) to address environmental conditions at Creo-CLP in Jefferson County.
The site, located at 1 Grace Street, Middleway, WV, includes approximately 259 acres. Former uses of the property include woolen operations from 1946 until 1960. From 1960 to 2006, the property was used as a photographic equipment and lithographic plate processing facility. In 2006, the lithographic plating process was discontinued and Creo Manufacturing America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak), entered the property into the West Virginia Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP).
Site assessment activities to evaluate possible environmental impacts that may have been caused by the facility operations began at that time and were completed in 2014. In 2014, Kodak withdrew from the VRP. In 2015, CLP WV purchased the property and applied to the VRP.
Contaminants of potential concern include trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, copper, lead, manganese, selenium, and zinc. CLP WV intends to perform necessary remedial activities and re-develop the majority of the approximately 259 acre property for commercial or industrial use. The western portion of the property (approximately 60 acres consisting of fields, woods, and creeks) may be designated for recreational use.
OER is currently negotiating 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.
Questions regarding the Voluntary Remediation Program or this application should be directed to either WVDEP Project Manager Mr. Pasupathy Ramanan (WVDEP—OER, 2031 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite#1, Fairmont, WV 26554; 304-368-2000, ext. 3730) or Licensed Remediation Specialist Peggy L. Carpenter (Compliance Management International, 5940 Baum Boulevard, Suite 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15206; 412-725-7000, 302).