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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has approved a final cleanup method submitted by Philips Electronics, to address environmental conditions at a site in Fairmont.

Philips Electronics is working with the DEP's Office of Environmental Remediation through the state's Voluntary Remediation Program.

Former operator Westinghouse Electric Corporation contaminated nearly three acres at 505 Hoult Road with heavy metals.

Westinghouse disposed of glass cullet and other manufacturing waste materials generated at its Lamp Division manufacturing plant in Fairmont.

The former cullet pile area received whole and broken light bulbs, whole and broken lamp lenses, mercury-containing tubes, and drummed solid wastes.

Disposal activities ceased in or around 1972.

According to a press release, the final cleanup method includes the following institutional site controls: use of the property for non-residential purposes; use of groundwater only for monitoring and/or remediation; and excavation, drilling, or penetration of foundations.

The cleanup will be conducted by a qualified contractor with knowledge about exposed regulated substances.

Philips Electronics wants to remediate the site by excavating and removing nearly 17,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil.

The project falls under West Virginia's Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act, which encourages voluntary cleanups of contaminated sites.

For questions and comments regarding the Voluntary Remediation Program call 304-368-2000.