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Developers to remove contaminated soil at Huntfield

October 11, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Developers of the 3,200-home Huntfield development south of Charles Town say they will begin removing soil at old chemical mixing sites next week as part of an ongoing effort to remove pesticides from soil in the development.

The work of removing soil has been under way for three years because of arsenic at the site, according to a press release from Delta Strategies, a Leesburg, Va., firm assisting the developers with the project.

The developers have removed a foot of soil from lots where houses will be constructed, said Amy Schmitt, a Huntfield homeowner and a member of Charles Town City Council.


On Monday, workers will begin to remove soil at sites where chemical mixing stations used to operate, the release said.

The work is expected to take about 15 days, according to Schmitt and the release.

The arsenic present in soil at Huntfield is attributed to the chemicals that were used at the property for decades as part of an apple orchard, the release said.

Greenvest L.C., the Vienna, Va., firm that is developing Huntfield, is not required to remove the chemicals in the soil, said David Ulerick, vice president of land development for Greenvest.

The soil is not dangerous to people unless it is ingested, Ulerick said.

But Greenvest wants to remove the soil "out of an abundance of caution and concern for the welfare of those who live in our community," the release states.

Soil will be removed from about 10 mixing stations, Jim Duszynski, chief executive officer of Greenvest L.C., said Monday.

Two mixing stations will remain in place and be capped with a significant amount of soil and or asphalt, Schmitt said.

Schmitt said she is satisfied with the way Greenvest has handled the project. Schmitt said Huntfield residents have been notified of the project and a meeting will be held at Page Jackson Elementary School tonight at 7 for Huntfield residents who have any additional questions about the work.

Schmitt said she lives near one of the mixing stations and she and her husband were made aware of the site before they moved in to their home two years ago.

"I think Greenvest has gone above and beyond as far as remediation," Schmitt said.

Huntfield is being developed about a mile south of town along U.S. 340 and will include commercial development in addition to homes.

Informational meeting

What: Developers of the Huntfield project will explain and answer questions about their efforts to remove contaminated soil from land in the development

When:Today, 7 p.m.

Where: Page Jackson Elementary School, 370 Page Jackson Road, Charles Town, W.Va.

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