Superfund Site: ABEX CORP.
PORTSMOUTH, VA

Superfund Site Profile

SITE BACKGROUND

The Abex Corporation Site is located in the eastern section of the City of Portsmouth, Virginia.  The Abex Corporation/Railroad Products Group operated a brass and bronze foundry from 1928 to 1978. The former foundry area was comprised of five buildings and a former sand disposal area.  Soil contamination was found in a number of adjacent or nearby properties including the Washington Park housing complex, the Effingham Playground, the Seventh Street row of homes (adjacent to the foundry) and a two square block area southwest of the foundry known as the Effingham Residential area.  In 1990, the EPA added the site to the National Priorities List of most hazardous waste sites in the country, making the site eligible for federal cleanup.