VRP encourages voluntary cleanup, redevelopment of sites
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 22, 2018) – The Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has accepted a Voluntary Remediation Program application submitted by Heritage Holdings, LLC to address environmental conditions at properties owned by Eagle Manufacturing Company in Brooke County.
The four properties are located at 2400 Charles Street, 2201 Commerce Street, 1901 Commerce Street, and 12th and Main Streets in Wellsburg and includes approximately 19 total acres of property. The bulk of these properties have been used for commercial/industrial purposes dating back to the 1800s. These activities have primarily included glass and paper manufacturing and manufacturing of plastic and steel products.
Eagle currently uses these properties for manufacturing and warehousing and distribution of metal and plastic products, primarily used for industrial safety and material handling applications. Eagle intends to continue or expand its current operations on these properties.
OER has negotiated 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.