first piedmont corp. rock quarry (route 719)

RTE 360 STATE RD 719

The First Piedmont Rock Quarry Site, located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia (5th Congressional District) is a 4-acre former quarry that was used as an industrial landfill. Between 1970 and 1972, the First Piedmont Corporation leased the former quarry to dispose of 65,000 cubic yards of waste material, including 15,000 gallons of liquid waste generated by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The Virginia State Health Department (VA DOH) ordered the site closed after a fire, possibly caused by spontaneous combustion of waste materials buried in the quarry. In December 1987, the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs): First Piedmont Corporation, Corning Glass Works, and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, signed a Consent Order to conduct an investigation into the extent of the contamination and to identify technologies available for cleanup. Sampling of the soils on the site has detected elevated levels of heavy metals; including arsenic, chromium, lead, and zinc. Elevated levels of lead and zinc have also been detected in surface water. Although the site is located adjacent to a residential development of 260 people, no site contaminants were detected during the sampling of the wells serving these homes. Approximately 380 people live within one mile of the site and an estimated 1,800 people live within two miles of the site.

Hazardous Ranking Score

30 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 3
Within the region: (800) 438-2474
Outside the region: (215) 814-5000

Contact Region



Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


        African American
        American Indian and Alaska Native
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        People living
        within a 1 mile radius


        Average Income


        Occupied homes

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