CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Protection’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) has approved a cleanup method submitted by the Exxon Mobil Environmental Services Company to address environmental conditions at the former Exxon 9497 in Kanawha County. The cleanup will be conducted through the Voluntary Remediation Program.
The site is located at 3418 MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston and includes approximately 0.04 acres. It operated as an Exxon-branded retail petroleum facility and auto repair garage from at least 1972 until October 1990. The site is now the location of the West Virginia United Federal Credit Union.
The applicant has proposed several remediation methods to ensure that the property meets the risk-based standards. First, natural attenuation is proposed to address groundwater impacts. Second, a land use covenant is to be recorded that prohibits use of the property for any “residential use” as that term is defined is 60CSR3 2.51. Third, extraction of groundwater for any use other than monitoring and or/remediation is prohibited per Bill #7671, enacted by Charleston City Council on Dec. 7, 2015. 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. The Voluntary Remediation Program identifies and addresses potential contamination at a given site, sets applicable remediation standards, and ensures that the standards are maintained at the site. 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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