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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Virginia Commonwealth University - Sanger Hall in Richmond, Virginia

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Congress amended the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in November 1984, expanding the Act's cleanup provisions and prompting EPA and its state partners to develop the RCRA Corrective Action Program. The program oversees the investigation and cleanup of nearly 4,000 hazardous waste sites across the country, including many with risks comparable to Superfund sites.

Sanger Hall became subject to regulations promulgated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act on November 19, 1980.

Cleanup Status

On September 2, 1983, the Virginia Department of Waste Management (VDWM) requested that Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) submit a Part B application for Sanger Hall. VCU Decided not to pursue a Part B Application, and Sanger Hall's interim status was terminated on November 20, 1984. On February 19, 1985, VDWM approved the closure plan. In a letter dated July 12, 1985, VDWM approved the final closure of Sanger Hall as a treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facility. While Sanger Hall has been closed as a TSD facility, it still maintains its status as a small-quantity generator of hazardous waste. Hazardous wastes are presently stored at the facility but are removed within the required 90-day period.

On September 1, 2005,  an onsite meeting was held to discuss the facility history, locate previously identified solid waste management units (SWMUs), verify the results of a file review and gather information concerning the facility's current conditions. Attendees at the meeting included the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, VCU, USEPA, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Other than one hazardous waste storage area which has been clean-closed, no additional SWMUs or Areas of Concern were identified during the site visit.

EPA published a notice in a local newspaper detailing the proposed Agency decision of no further corrective action. The thirty (30) day public comment period ended on February 20, 2007 and no comments were received during that time.

On November 4, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Final Determination of Corrective Action Complete without controls, no further corrective action is required at this time at the Virginia Commonwealth University Sanger Hall.

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Site Description

Interactive Map of the Virginia Commonwealth University - Sanger Hall, Richmond, VA

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VCU is a teaching and research institution with two campuses located in Richmond, Virginia. Sanger Hall is located on the East Campus, approximately a half mile west of Interstate 95. It is a large multi-story building that occupies a major portion of the city block within the medical campus.

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Contaminants at this Facility

 The hazardous waste storage area does not pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment and there were no know hazardous waste releases into the environment.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

Institutional Controls were not required.

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The facility is under continued use.

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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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