CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 2, 2018) – The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has accepted a Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) application submitted by Haydall Redevelopment and Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle (VRP #18018) to address environmental conditions at the former Newell Porcelain Facility in Hancock County.
The site is located at 500 Harrison Street in Newell and includes approximately 8.06 acres. The site was used for the manufacturing of pottery and ceramic insulators from 1916 through 2016. Potential contaminants include metals and petroleum compounds in soil. Several of the existing dilapidated structures are currently being removed. Development is anticipated to include an industrial park that will make use of existing rail access.
OER has negotiated a Voluntary Remediation Agreement (VRA) with the applicants.
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.