DEP Approves Cleanup Method Submitted by Trimodal Terminal LP


CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has approved a cleanup method submitted by Trimodal Terminal L.P. to address environmental conditions through the Voluntary Remediation Program at Trimodal Terminal in Brooke County.

The approximately 80-acre site is located at 600 Veterans Drive in Follansbee. Historical activities on the site were operations and storage by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, which included raw materials storage, ore storage, a coke stockpile, a former tar decanter sludge impoundment, a former sinter plant, a rail line and a maintenance garage. Based on the results of site assessment investigations, soil and groundwater are impacted by metals as well as volatile organic compounds and polycyclic aromatic compounds.

Implementation of the Remedial Action Work Plan, dated Sept. 9, will achieve conditions that meet site-specific remediation standards. A land use covenant will be recorded with property restrictions that include: limiting site usage to non-residential activities, restricting potable groundwater use, installing a permanent cover over surface soil in defined protection areas, installing a vapor mitigation or control system beneath future occupied structures in defined protection areas, and implementation of a soil management plan. Ongoing activities include semi-annual inspections of the property. Upon completion of the remediation, a final report will be submitted to DEP’s Office of Environmental Remediation (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 Kenan Cetin, Ph.D. (WVDEP—OER, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304; 304-926-0499, ext. 1749) or Licensed Remediation Specialist Lydia Work (1140 Valley Forge Road, Valley Forge, PA 19482; 610-935-5577, ext.416).

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Kelley Gillenwater