Acme Buildings to Be Removed as Part of Environmental Cleanup

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Acme Buildings to Be Removed as Part of Environmental Cleanup
Acme Buildings to Be Removed as Part of Environmental Cleanup

A house once used as a credit union office and the former main manufacturing building at the Acme Visible Records site on Rt. 240 in eastern Crozet will soon be destroyed, according to Sarah Huddle, public information coordinator for the property’s owner, Wilson Jones Company.

The site has been under environmental remediation for the last few years to remove contaminants—chlorinated solvents—that leached into the ground under the southern part of the main building. The cleanup is being done through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Corrective Action program and under the supervision of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

A bioremediation strategy is being used to remove the solvents. Two phases of it are now complete—with no new areas of contamination being discovered—and a final phase is about to begin, Huddle said.

The buildings are in declining condition, she said, and removing them will make the site easier to clean–up and more marketable once the cleanup is complete. They are not candidates for renovation, she said.

A public information meeting on the status of the cleanup will be held November 18 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the Crozet Library.