Superfund Site Profile
The 1.7-acre Matthews Electroplating site is located in Roanoke County, Virginia. An automobile plating business operated on site from 1972 until 1976. Liquid waste from the plating operation had been discharged directly onto the ground and drained to a sinkhole beneath the property. Poor waste management practices contaminated groundwater with chromium and soil with chromium, nickel and cyanide. After construction of the site’s remedy, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in January 1989.