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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Advansix – Hopewell (Formerly: Honeywell International) in Hopewell, Virginia

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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at the Honeywell, Hopewell facility are being conducted under an EPA Region III 3008(h) Administrative Order on Consent.

    Cleanup Status

    A total of 37 Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs) were identified in the RCRA Facility Assessment Report. Of these, 14 SWMUs were identified as requiring further evaluation. The 14 SWMUs have been grouped into four study areas. Honeywell has completed a Phase I and Phase II RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) for the four study areas. Based on the RFI results EPA has requested additional field work (collection of groundwater and soil samples) to fill in data gaps that will complete the environmental investigation.



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    Site Description

    Interactive Map of Advansix , Hopewell, VA

    Honeywell, (previously AlliedSignal Inc.) owns and operates an industrial chemical and fertilizer manufacturing facility in Hopewell, Virginia. The primary product of the Honeywell facility is caprolactam, which is the raw material for the manufacture of Nylon. Caprolactam is produced from phenol and results in the byproduct production of adipic acid and ammonium sulfate.

    Honeywell Hopewell is located approximately one mile southeast of the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers. The facility is bounded on the east by the James River and on the north by Poythress Run. Gravelly Run crosses the southern portion of the property. Both Poythress and Gravelly Runs are tributaries to the James River. Bailey Creek, located to the southeast of the Honeywell facility, is another tributary to the James River. The surrounding area is industrial with some residential areas to the north, south, and west of the plant.

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    Contaminants at this Facility

    Inorganic and volatile organic compounds are the main constituents of concern found in groundwater and soils at the site.

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    Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    Institutional controls, if required, will be determined at the time of remedy selection.

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

    The facility maintains its current use and there has been no reuse of the facility property to date with the exception of a portion of the facility (Study Area 4) which has been converted to a wildlife habitat area.

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    Site Responsibility at this Facility

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

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