Clean up at International Paper in Virginia completed
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
announced that the clean up at International Paper’s
Franklin, Virginia facility has been completed. International
Paper utilized the EPA’s Facility Lead Program.
The clean up, completed on the 3,660-acre site, will
continue to be monitored by International Paper under
the supervision of the Virginia Department of Environmental
EPA’s final decision prohibits any residential use of
the site and prohibits the use of groundwater from the
upper level aquifer. It also requires International Paper
to implement a water monitoring program and conduct regular
inspection and maintenance at the site which has been
covered with an impermeable cap.
The site is located on the Blackwater River in Isle of
Wight County, eight miles from the North Carolina state
The corrective action was undertaken pursuant to the
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. However, instead
of issuing a corrective action permit requiring work
to be done under a highly restrictive legally mandated
structure, EPA invited International Paper to join and
perform the clean up under EPA’s Facility Lead Program
(FLP). This program invites businesses like International
Paper, which meet certain standards of environmental
citizenship, cooperation and technical ability, to complete
the required clean-up on a more self-directed track,
while still under the supervision of EPA.
As part of the corrective action clean up, International
Paper conducted a site characterization which included
surface and subsurface soil sampling, sediment and surface
water sampling and groundwater sampling.
Prior to, and following the samplings, International
Paper completed work involving the removal of waste materials
from several on-site solid waste management units, including:
the removal of 37,422 tons of lime mud and soil; and
9,519 tons of tall oil and solids.