FIRST PIEDMONT CORP. ROCK QUARRY (ROUTE 719)
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA
On this page:
- What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?
- What Is the Current Site Status?
- Operable Units (opens new page)
- Cleanup Progress (opens new page)
The 4-acre First Piedmont Corporation Rock Quarry Site is located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Between 1970 and 1972, the First Piedmont Corporation leased the on-site rock quarry and used it as an industrial landfill. The business disposed of 65,000 cubic yards of waste material, including 15,000 gallons of liquid waste, in the quarry. The Virginia State Health Department ordered the landfill to close following a fire. Waste disposal activities contaminated soil and surface water with hazardous chemicals. Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities are ongoing.
What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?
The site is being addressed through federal and potentially responsible party (PRP) actions.
EPA has conducted several five-year reviews of the site’s remedy. These reviews ensure that the remedies put in place protect public health and the environment, and function as intended by site decision documents. The most recent review concluded that response actions at the site are in accordance with the remedy selected by EPA and that the remedy continues to be protective of human health and the environment in the short term. Continued protectiveness of the remedy requires implementation of institutional controls and cleanup of contaminated soil and sediment from the Lawless Wetlands and Southern Drainage areas.
What Is the Current Site Status?
The site’s long-term remedy included excavation and off-site disposal of non-landfill-related wastes; off-site disposal of drums and surface debris; installation of a cap over the landfill area; collection and treatment of leachate; groundwater monitoring; and land use restrictions. Construction of the remedy took place between 1994 and 1995.
Operation and maintenance activities are ongoing.
During cleanup, a site can be divided into a number of distinct areas depending on its complexity. These areas, called operable units (OUs), may address geographic areas, specific problems, or areas where a specific action is required. Examples of typical operable units include construction of a groundwater pump and treatment system or construction of a cap over a landfill.