Superfund Site Profile
The Virgin Island Chemical Superfund site is located in south-central St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 3.5-acre area was leased to various chemical manufacturers. The facility manufactured pharmaceutical chemicals, primarily phenacetin, ethoxyquin and quinidine. Virgin Islands Chemical Company (VICC) produced benzyl acetate, which is used in perfumes, flavorings, resin, lacquers, printing inks and varnish removers. In 1985, VICC also began producing benzyl salicylate, which is used as a perfume fixative and as a solvent for synthetic musk, and is an ingredient in sunscreen lotion. A chain-link fence secures the area, which is currently inactive. All buildings were demolished and removed off site. Following immediate actions to protect human health and the environment, EPA put the site’s long-term remedy in place. After implementation of the remedy, EPA issued the site’s Preliminary Close-out Report in March 2004. All post-remedial monitoring has been completed.