Amazon cleans up crude oil found in the ground of the future HQ2 site

Amid all the construction in Crystal City for Amazon’s future HQ2 campus, a thorough soil remediation is underway.

ARLINGTON, Virginia – Our Environment Matters at WUSA9 and we recently discovered a public notice of contaminants found at an Amazon construction site in Arlington, Virginia. So we called the appropriate agencies to check what is being done to ensure the site is safe.

In the middle of all the construction in Crystal City for the future of Amazon Campus HQ2, careful soil remediation is underway. According to a public notice published in the Washington Post, Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons or TPH has been detected in soil samples at Development of the enclosure near 12th and South Eads streets. The 11-acre site has been tested up to 24 feet below the surface.

WUSA9 spoke with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Land Protection Officer. The official said levels at the site were over 50 parts per million and the site was considered “uncontaminated”. This means that it poses “no material risk” to construction workers, neighbors or future residents of the buildings. In fact, he said crude oil chemicals in Arlington soil are common and date back centuries. However, the levels are not harmful to the community.

Still, according to DEQ, Virginia’s code requires that carbon be removed from the ground at any construction site. The DEQ has approved Amazon’s remediation plan which involves digging up the soil and hauling it to a soil recycling facility in Maryland. There, the contaminants will be removed for reuse.

We contacted Amazon for comment and a spokesperson sent us a statement saying in part: ‘Although no risks were found, we will remove any contamination on this property, ensuring an environmentally friendly site. for employees and community members. coming years.”

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