PHILADELPHIA — EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin announced that FMC Corporation, the Economic Development Authority and Warren County have been recognized with EPA’s Excellence in Site Reuse awards for their involvement in the redevelopment of the Avtex Fibers Site in Front Royal, Virginia, according to a press release.

Avtex Fibers is a 440-acre, former manufacturing plant that produced rayon and other synthetics from 1940 to 1989, and tons of rayon manufacturing wastes and by-products were disposed on site in 23 impoundments encompassing 240 acres, stated the release.

The release reported that waste disposal practices at the plant contaminated the groundwater under the site and in residential wells across the South Fork Shenandoah River.

“FMC, the Economic Development Authority and Warren County have worked tirelessly to transform one of the most contaminated sites in Virginia into an area that future generations can enjoy,” said Garvin. “They are to be congratulated for their perseverance, determination and vision.”

Read the entire release here.