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EPA Removes West Virginia Site from Superfund List

On Aug. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the removal of a Morgantown, W.Va., site from from the Superfund list. The Ordnance Works Disposal Areas Superfund Site consists of a six-acre disposal area and a 100-acre manufacturing plant. Beginning in 1941, nearby private companies operating chemical production facilities and a coke plant dumped hazardous materials into the disposal areas on the site.

Since being added to the EPA’s Superfund list in 1986, cleanup efforts have included the excavation and treatment of all tar-like materials from the site’s water sources and the installation of a multi-layered covering at the on-site landfill that contains contaminated soils, according to the EPA. Additionally, the remediation includes the long-term monitoring of the site in order to prohibit disturbing the landfill cap, use of groundwater, and non-commercial use of any kind.

— By Kennedy Kavanaugh

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