Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

ARROWHEAD ASSOCIATES, INC./SCOVILL CORP.
MONTROSS, VA

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The 30-acre Arrowhead Associates/Scovill Corp. site is located in a rural area in Westmoreland County, Virginia. From 1966 until operations ended in 1979, Scovill Corp. and later, Arrowhead, Inc. of Delaware electroplated cosmetic cases at the site. After the plating stopped, the company abandoned machinery and process materials at the 25-acre site. Beginning in the early 1980s, Mattatuck Manufacturing made automobile wire harnesses on a portion of the site until 2005. A.R. Winarick used another portion of the site to fill cosmetic cases until the mid-1990’s. Under permit, site operators discharged treated electroplating wastes to the nearby stream, the Scates Branch. Site testing identified contamination in a groundwater plume beneath the site, which extends off-site and into the Scates Branch and the South Fork Scates Branch. Studies also showed contamination in the former disposal ponds. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1990. Cleanup activities included treating groundwater by using a barrier to capture and breakdown contaminants, placement of an impermeable surface cap, and building a soil vapor extraction system. Testing of groundwater, surface water, sediments, indoor air and subsurface soil continues. EPA is currently performing an investigation to address remaining contamination at a part of the site referred to as Operable Unit 3. A.R. Winarick’s operations at the site ended in the mid-1990s. Mattatuck Manufacturing ended operations and vacated the site in 2005. The O’Gara Group purchased the Mattatuck Manufacturing plant at the site and currently uses it as part of its full service tactical training facility. The O’Gara Group also manufactures barricades for use at its nearby training race track.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 40 people and generated an estimated $16,949,333 in annual sales revenue. For additional information click here.

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