INCO Proposes Remediation Plan for "Historic" Uses, Public Comments Sought

Updated 6 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Portion of former HPP site today, you can see testing drills areas
Portion of former HPP site today, you can see testing drills areas
Photo Jim Ellis

A remediation plan has been proposed by Huntington Alloys concerning volatile organic compounds associated with historic use of the plant, according to a legal advertisement by the WV Office of Environmental Remediation and a licensed remediation specialist.

The Office of Voluntary Remediation at WV DEP are “currently negotiating”  an agreement to “address environmental conditions associated with historic uses of the site. Provision in the agreement address “current and potential human health and ecological risks associated with current and potential uses of the site.”

The proposal, available at the Cabell County Public Library, includes establishing appropriate remediation standards and performing additional remedial action, if necessary.

This proposal states that Huntington Alloys contaminants of potential concern include volatile organic compounds, semi volatile organic compounds and other processes related to the manufacture of high grade nickel alloys for the aircraft and power industries.

One historic use --- though  not stated in the advertisement --- was  a parcel leased to the Atomic Energy Commission which produced and recycled products associated with the gaseous diffusion plants in Piketon, Ohio, Paducah, Ky., and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Operating from 1952-1962, and dismantled 1978-1979, the Huntington Pilot Plant was dismantled and buried in a classified section of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Contaminants from that landfill leeched into a nearby creek and contaminated an aquifer.

1998 HPP site
1998 HPP site
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Questions or comments on the plan should be addressed to

Patty Perrine, WVDEP

Office of Environmental Remediation

254 Industrial Drive

Oak Hill, WV 25901

(304) 465-1911, ext. 3056

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