DEP Approves Cleanup Method Submitted by Union Carbide Corporation


(Charleston, W.Va.) __ The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has approved a cleanup method submitted by Union Carbide Corporation to address environmental conditions through the Voluntary Remediation Program at the former Kelly Field Site in Kanawha County.

The site is located at 21st Street in North Charleston and includes approximately 7.25 acres. Union Carbide Corporation operated a warehouse and drum storage facility at the site from the late 1940s to the early 1990s. The site is currently vacant. Future use will be commercial/industrial.

The cleanup method includes the soil cover that was installed at the site and institutional controls. The institutional controls will include restrictions to prohibit extraction of groundwater at the site for any use except groundwater monitoring and/or remediation; limit use to non-residential; require the soil cover to be maintained; prohibit subsurface and/or earthmoving activities unless completed by persons qualified and knowledgeable about the contaminants at the site and the work is performed in accordance with a Health and Safety Plan and a soil management plan; and require vapor mitigation technologies or further evaluation of the vapor intrusion path to establish whether mitigation is needed for all future enclosed buildings intended for human occupancy. 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 Dave Long (WVDEP—OER, 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304; 304-926-0499, ext. 1265) or Licensed Remediation Specialist Mr. Jerome Cibrik (Union Carbide Corporation, P.O. Box 8361, South Charleston, WV 25303; 304-747-7788). 



Kelley Gillenwater