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A method to address environmental cleanup conditions at a former Rich Oil Station on Ohio River Road in Huntington recently was approved by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The site currently is vacant, and is made up of about 1.083 acres of property.

Scott Hutchison Enterprises Inc., negotiated a Voluntary Remediation Agreement with WVDEP in November 2006 to begin addressing the environmental issues at the former service station. The station previously had three 10,000 gallon underground storage tanks, two dispenser islands, a small station attendant building and detached restrooms.

The underground storage tank system was removed in 2004. A final report will be given to the WVDEP to confirm that the work meets all the applicable remediation standards.

A combination of both institutional and engineering controls has been selected as the final cleanup method. Institutional controls will include a ban on the extraction of and use of groundwater except when it is used for groundwater monitoring and remediation. Vapor barriers and control systems for the enclosed buildings on the site will be part of the engineering controls.

The project falls under the state's Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act. The act encourages voluntary clean-up of contaminated sites as well as the redevelopment of abandoned and under-utilized properties with the hope of counteracting the lack of growth on sites with contamination or perceived contamination.