CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved a cleanup method submitted by ExxonMobil Corporation to address environmental conditions through the Voluntary Remediation Program at Exxon Clarksburg, VRP 05198 (Rokisky Exxon) in Harrison County.
The site is located at 798 West Pike Street in Clarksburg and includes approximately 0.769 acres. It has operated as an active automotive service station since 1927. Environmental investigations at the site between 1991 and 2004 have documented that both soil at the site and groundwater beneath the site have been impacted by activities associated with the operation of a retail gasoline service station. Chemicals of Concern (COCs) were determined by screening maximum concentrations of contaminants in soil and groundwater against conservative benchmarks developed to be protective of human health for direct contact exposure, potential migration to groundwater, and potential migration to indoor air.
Constituents exceeding the screening criteria were selected as COCs and evaluated further in the risk assessment. COCs included benzene, toluene, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, naphthalene, total petroleum hydrocarbons-gasoline range organics (TPH-GRO), total petroleum hydrocarbons-diesel range organics (TPH-DRO), and total petroleum hydrocarbons-oil range organics.
Institutional controls have been selected as the remedy to achieve the goal of cost effective protection of human health and the environment. These institutional controls will include prohibition of residential use of the property and prohibition on extraction and use of groundwater except for the purpose of groundwater monitoring and remediation. 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.
Questions regarding the Voluntary Remediation Program or this application should be directed to either WVDEP Project Manager Ramanan Pasupathy (WVDEP—OER, 2031 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 1, Fairmont, WV 26554; 304-368-2000, ext. 3730) or Licensed Remediation Specialist Rick Helmadollar (ARCADIS, 1000 Cobb Place Blvd., Building 500-A, Kennasaw, GA 30144; 404-952-1608).
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