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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Airco Welding Products in Rural Retreat, Virginia

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Cleanup Status

The Former Airco Welding Products Facility was operational from 1976 through 1982-1983 as a manufacturer of gas welding products. Airco's operations included forging, machining, and drilling of copper material for the fabrication of gas welding and cutting torch heads.

Airco Welding Products was purchased and moved operations to Portsmouth, Virginia in 1983; however they continued to lease the property for a period of one to two years after vacating the Facility. The property has subsequently been occupied by Standard Motor Parts (EIS Brake Parts) from 1995 until 1996, Camrett Logistics from 1996 until 2006, and Mid-Atlantic, Inc. from October 2006. Mid-Atlantic occupied the Facility as of February 2009. The property was sold to PAW Industrial Properties, LLC in 2003.

A Final Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Site Visit Report was issued on February 18, 2009, for the Facility. A Statement of Basis (SOB) was noticed on June 17, 2009. The EPA issued its Final Decision regarding the Facility on July 28, 2009 stating that Corrective Action was Complete without Controls.

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Site Description

Interactive Map of Airco Welding Products, Rural Retreat, VA

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The Former Airco Welding Products Facility is located in a business park, surrounded by agricultural and residential properties. The five-acre Facility consists of a warehouse, asphalt parking, gravel driveways and parking lots, a concrete-paved truck loading area, and undeveloped vegetated land.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Airco operated a hazardous waste drum storage unit on an asphalt area for the storage of ignitable and corrosive materials. Airco also operated a treatment tank, which qualified as a totally enclosed elementary neutralization system. An onsite wastewater treatment Facility (acid neutralization and -solids removal) was also operated. Initially, the Airco Facility submitted a RCRA Permit Application for the operation of a drum storage area and the tank treatment neutralization area as hazardous waste management units under the RCRA Regulations. However, administrative record correspondence dated July 22, 1985, documented the tank area was subsequently determined to be an exempt neutralization unit under the RCRA Regulations.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

No Institutional Controls were required for the site.

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The facility is slated for reuse.

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Site Responsibility at this Facility

RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality with assistance from EPA Region 3.

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