Huntington's Former Coyne Textile Site More Hazardous than Anticipated

Updated 4 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Huntington's Former Coyne Textile Site More Hazardous than Anticipated

Based on 2012-2013 documents from Region III of the Environmental Protection Agency, the scope and cost of removal of Coyne Textile Services site (1111 Vernon Street)  contaminants have increased to approximately $3,528,681. Costs are associated with an additional mass of hazardous substances, a lengthened time frame to conduct injection treatment,  and the complexity of drilling underneath the railroad tracks.

Bruce Finley wrote in the February 8, 2014 edition of the Denver Post, "Cleaning up this chemical is a nightmare — a lesson in the limits of repairing environmental harm. The best that Colorado health enforcers and responsible parties have been able to do is keep the PCE they know about from reaching people."

Dennis Carney, Region III associate director of Hazardous Site Cleanup, wrote on June 29, 2012 about the Huntington site that :

A continuing removal site evaluation performed in accordance with Section 300.410 of the National Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) identifies a threat to public health or welfare or the environment due to the uncontrolled presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants at the Site. Continuing removal site evaluation identified Site conditions which indicate increased funding is needed to mitigate efficiently the hazardous substances at the Site. Those hazardous substances are present within soil beneath the former Coyne Textile Services facility and within ground water migrating into a residential community. The chemicals include tetrachloroethylene (a/k/a perchloroethylene or PCE) and similar volatile organic compounds such as trichloroethylene, dichloroethylene, and vinyl chloride. Coyne Textile Services no longer operates at the subject facility, but the building is currently used by another business.

According to a Pollution Report through March 30, 2014, the following are summaries of ongoing groundwater testing:

Groundwater from the site is tested quarterly, particularly sections surrounding Westmoreland Park. The north wells indicate that the PCe plume has not advanced to the residential community north of the park (Nov. 22 and 26, 2013).  The central area indicate  effective removal of contamination in the shallow aquifer and less effective in the deeper aquifer which goes into bedrock.

The Southern area shows a declining trend for contamination levels.

However, those wells located in the facility alleyway between the building and the CSX RR tracks  indicte a “general rebound/increase in PCE concentrations.  According to the report, two ISCO  injections lowered contamination, but “concentrations are likely rebounding due to the continued migration of untreated PCE/CVOC contaminated groundwater from underneath the facility building and may also be due to contamination from the source area continuing to migrate into groundwater.”

Michael Towle, OSC, indicated that water and vapor monitoring well were sampled March 3, 7 and 10, 2014.

Future actions of the operation, maintenance and monitoring of the treatment system at the site include as "paramount"  minimizing disruptions in the usage of Westmoreland Park and operations at the actual business operating at the former facility.

Discussion continues on whether Coyne International Enterprises will be financially responsible for the responsive/removal actions at the location. Meanwhile, quarterly monitoring continues to "assess the effectiveness of ISCO chemical injection and AS/SVE system operation."

As for Colorado, Finley wrote, " PCE is proving so pernicious — able to eat through concrete, staying volatile decades after spills — that experts increasingly question whether full cleanup to meet health standards is feasible."



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