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 Dominion Transmission Inc. to address environmental conditions at Camden Compressor Station in Lewis County.
The site is located at 6153 U.S. Highway 33 West in Camden and includes approximately 2.5 acres. The property has operated as a natural gas compressor station since the early 1900’s. Historic records indicate that prior land use was residential or agricultural. In the mid 1990’s, a collection system was installed to mitigate oil seepage into the subsurface from the engines. The collection system consists of trenches encircling the pump house with perforated pipe to collect oil/water. The piping is connected to the oily water collection sump. During a recent WVDEP inspection of the collection system, oily water was observed within the collection vault and is believed to be from historical petroleum hydrocarbon contamination. Current land use is industrial and is anticipated to remain as such into the foreseeable future.
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.
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