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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 Ordnance Works Disposal Areas Superfund site is located in Monongalia County, just south of Morgantown, West Virginia. The site consists of a 6-acre landfill and a manufacturing area that covers over 100 acres. Since 1941, several groups, including DuPont and the U.S. Department of Defense, produced chemicals at the site. Chemical manufacturing operations contaminated areas of the site, including an on-site landfill, lagoons, soils and sediments. The nearby Monongahela River supplies drinking water to about 60,000 residents in the county. The main water supply intake is located downstream of the site. EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1986. Cleanup activities included the removal and off-site disposal of contaminated soils and filling the areas with clean soil. EPA repaired wetlands along the Monongahela River disturbed during the cleanup process. Cleanup activities reached completion in 2003. Currently the chemical companies, under EPA guidance, continue groundwater and surface water monitoring.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2018, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

Institutional controls are in placed to protect cap, restrict groundwater use and non commerical use of anykind in Operable Unit 1 (OU1). Additional information about the institutional controls are available in the 2016 Five-Year Review (PDF) (page 8). 

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