Companies to address groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds

May 23, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. — In 1989 it was discovered that methylene chloride and 1,1,1 trichloroethane were in the shallow groundwater table.

RICHMOND, Va. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an administrative settlement with Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. and LSI Corp. regarding a former circuit board manufacturing facility located in Henrico County, at 4500 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va., requiring the companies to address groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds, according to a press release.

Under an administrative order on consent, LSI Corp., which currently operates and maintains a groundwater treatment system at the facility, is required to continue to do so and implement land and groundwater use restrictions at the facility.

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Should LSI fail to adequately perform the work under the order, Alcatel-Lucent, the former owner of the facility, has agreed to complete the work.

Consisting of 120 acres about five miles east of Richmond, Va., the facility manufactured printed circuit boards and during its manufacturing operations used and stored chlorinated solvents there, stated the release.

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In 1986, during the repair of a fire main, the facility discovered releases of chlorinated solvents. The soil surrounding the fire main was excavated, pipes were replaced and a sump in the former solvent recovery area of the plant was repaired.

In 1989, the large-scale storage and use of methylene chloride and 1,1,1 trichloroethane was discontinued at the facility when it was discovered that those contaminants were in the shallow groundwater table, noted the release.

In 1996 a groundwater remediation system was constructed which LSI will continue to operate and maintain under the oversight of EPA and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ).

Read the entire press release here.