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West Virginia Brownfields Environmental Impact Award

Left to right: Scotty Ewusiak, Trimodal Terminal, LLP, Lydia Work, Environmental Standards, and Jim Joseph, Trimodal Terminal, LLP

Due to the vision, risk taking, and perseverance of Mr. Jim Joseph, over 400 acres of former Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation (WPSC) property has been remediated, generating a large positive environmental impact for the Ohio River Valley. Trimodal Terminal, LLP and 6twelve Properties, LLP purchased acreage in Follansbee, WV from the WPSC bankruptcy. The land was subject to a Consent Order under the RCRA Corrective Action Program. Soils and groundwater were impacted by historical disposal of industrial slag, steel filings, and tar decanter sludge, as well as impacts from historical steel manufacturing activities. The property lay unused for over fifteen years, creating a potential risk to human health and the environment. After acquisition by Mr. Joseph, the properties were entered into the WV Voluntary Remediation Program under an AOC with US EPA. A partnership with Mr. Joseph, US EPA Region 3, the WVDEP, and Lydia Work, LRS, Environmental Standards, was developed, resulting in collaboration and successful remediation of the properties. Engineering controls, such as soil caps, have been installed. Institutional controls that restrict land use to non-residential, restrict soil excavation, restrict the use of groundwater, and the construction of occupied buildings in defined areas, have been implemented. No further action and COCs have been issued, allowing the properties to be safely redeveloped and marketed as Trimodal Terminal and the Eastridge Commerce Park.