H&H Burn Pit
EPA ID: VAD980539878
Montpelier, VA 23192
Other Names:H & H, Inc., HH Burn Pit
Last Updated: December 2012
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Vance Evans 215-814-5526
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- Contaminated soil cleanup was completed in 1998.
- Cleanup of contaminated sediments downstream of the former burn pit area was completed in late spring of 1999.
- Operation of the dual-phase system, which extracts both contaminated groundwater and soil vapor, began in May 2000. This system operated until January 2011, when the system was temporarily shut down to provide for evaluation of other remedial technologies to address remaining contaminated groundwater.
- The first five-year review was completed in June 2005. The second five-year review was completed in June 2010.
- Potentially responsible parties are currently evaluating potential technologies for addressing remaining groundwater contamination. EPA and the State of Virginia are overseeing this evaluation.
- In July 2007, an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) was issued by the EPA to specifically establish institutional controls (ICs), originally called for in the 1995 Record of Decision (ROD).
- These institutional controls have been implemented and consist of a restrictive covenant on the property deed, which prevents the use of contaminated groundwater under the property.
- The site occupies 1 acre in Hanover County, Virginia, approximately 12 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia, and ½ mile south of Farrington, Virginia.
- From 1960 through 1976, the Haskell Chemical Company used the site for the disposal of solvents containing printing inks and paint manufacturing wastes.
- Previous owners had collected these materials into drums, which were then transported to the site, emptied into a shallow, unlined pit and burned.
- Approximately 600 people live within a mile of the site.
- The nearest residence and the nearest well are about 1,000 feet from the site.
- Approximately 2,400 people draw drinking water from private wells within three miles of the site.
- Surface waters within 3 miles downstream of the site are used for fishing.
- During a sampling of groundwater, sediments, and runoff from the burn pit area in 1984, the EPA found the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organics (such as benzene, xylene, toluene, and naphthalene) in monitoring wells and in surface drainage.
- In 1989, the EPA added the site to the National Priorities List of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites requiring long term remedial action.
NPL Listing History
|Status: Final||Added: 1989|
- To determine the nature and extent of groundwater, soil, and other contamination at the site, as well as long-term cleanup of the site, the EPA performed a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS).
- In June 1995, a Record of Decision (ROD) was issued by the EPA outlining the final cleanup method for the site, calling for the excavation of contaminated soils and sediments followed by offsite disposal.
- In September 1998, excavation and offsite disposal of the contaminated soils was completed.
- In the spring of 1999, sediment excavation was completed.
- In September 1999, an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) was issued to explain EPA's decision to approve the use of high vacuum extraction (HVE), a dual phase system which extracts contaminated groundwater and soil vapor.
- Approval of the system's design was given in September 1999, with construction being completed in spring 2000, and operation beginning in May 2000. From May 2000 to January 2011, a dual-phase system extracted contaminated groundwater and soil vapor.
- In June 2005, the first five-year review was completed. The second five-year review was completed June 2010.
- EPA and VDEQ are working with PRPs to assess alternative remedial technologies for addressing remaining groundwater contamination of concern.
- Groundwater on the site has been found to contain pesticides and low levels of lead and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including benzene and trichloroethene (TCE).
- Sediments were contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and metals.
- Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.
- http://www.epa.gov/superfund/community/today/pdfs/TIS%20FINAL%209.13.11.pdfThis is Superfund: A Community Guide to EPA's Superfund Program (PDF) (12 pp, 1.1MB)
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the HH Burn Pit site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
Pamunkey Regional Library
201 South Railroad Ave.
Ashland, VA 23005 804-798-4072
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street-6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Record of Decision
- Consent Decree - August 2010 (PDF) (28 pp, 1.02MB)
- Consent Decree - August 2010 (PDF) (28 pp, 1.02MB)
- Submit a FOIA Request
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|Shed that houses groundwater treatment system.||Groundwater treatment system|
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- Site Progress Profile — a quick reference sheet, linking to EPA's Headquarters.
- Federal Register
03/08/2000: Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
10/22/1999: EPA Approves Innovative Clean-up Technology at Virginia - Millions Saved, Faster Cleanup Projected
- Fact Sheets
- This site currently does not meet the criteria for Site-wide Ready for Anticipated Use; however parts of the site may be suitable for reuse.
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