|The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Removal Action Plan (Proposed Plan) for closing three management units at the Avtex
Fibers, Inc. Superfund Site in Front Royal. EPA has presented the Proposed Plan for public
comment; the 30-day public-comment period ends July 2, 1999.
EPA will select a final cleanup plan after reviewing
and considering comments received. Detailed information pertaining to the basin closure
can be found in the Engineering Evaluation/ Cost Analysis (EE/CA)* report. A copy
of the report, along with other pertinent documents, has been placed in the Administrative
Record for this site, and is available for public review (see page 4 for location).
The final cleanup plan will be described in a Request for Approval of Removal Action
The Units Addressed
The three units addressed in the Proposed Plan
were investigated and characterized during the 1993-1994 site investigation. The
evaluation of ecological risks was finalized in 1999.
- Sulfate Basins 1,2,3,4, 4E, and 5. The six
sulfate basins (SBs) occupy approximately 80 acres. SBs 14E are located within the
boundary of the 100-year flood plain of the Shenandoah River. The SBs, which rest
on native soil, were used for disposal of an estimated 936,000 cubic yards of sulfate
sludge. The sludge contains 20 percent zinc, as well as pyrene and metals such as arsenic,
cadmium, chromium, copper, lead and nickel.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Basins, including the
Emergency Lagoon and two polishing basins. The Waste-water Treatment Plant Basins
(WWBs) are located on four acres within the 100-year flood plain, and are built on native
soil. The WWBs contain 29,000 cubic yards of sludge and contain the same contaminants as
- Fly Ash Basins l, 2, 3, and 6 and Stockpile. The
fly ash (FA) basins and stockpile were used for disposal of an estimated 1,300,000 cubic
yards of fly ash. The fly ash contains arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead and zinc.
FMC Corporation, the potentially responsible party,
performed a risk assessment to determine the potential risks to human health
associated with the sulfate sludges and fly ash waste. The results indicated that there
are no unacceptable risks to human health from
|exposure to the sulfate sludge or fly
ash. EPA studied ecological risks. Results indicate that the fly ash and sludge
on page 2.
We Want To Hear From You
EPA relies on Community input when making decisions
about a Superfund Site to ensure that the selected response action addresses community
On May 29, 1999, EPA opened a public comment period
Interested parties may comment on the Proposed Plan until July 2, 1999.
EPA will hold a public meeting to present the Proposed
Plan and to address questions and concerns. The public meeting will be held at 7:00
p.m. on June 17,1999, at the Town Hall Council Chambers, 16 N. Royal Ave. in Front Royal. (Call
(540) 635-807 for more detailed directions.)
EPA will summarize and address all comments received
at the public meeting and written comments postmarked by July 2, 1999, in an Action
Memorandum. The Action Memorandum will document EPAs final selection of the closure
plan for the three management units, and will be available to the public in the
Administrative Record file at the information repository.