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Quantico cleanup plan proposed

A final remediation plan has been proposed to address contamination around a former heating plant fuel supply area at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

The plan for the site near Building 2113 will be discussed at a public meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 25 at the Clubs at Quantico, 3017 Russell Road.

The cleanup is one of several underway at the Marine base under the auspices of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, also known as Superfund.

According to a public notice published in The Free Lance–Star, the location is a former concrete pad, sump and associated underground piping and loading area along the Potomac River, adjacent to Bauer Road. A former motor pool and flammable materials storage shed are also in the vicinity.

Over the years, the Navy performed several environmental studies at, and near, the property, which found shallow groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds. Fuels and solvents contain those compounds.

A pilot remediation study was done to evaluate the value of onsite chemical oxidation applications to reduce the concentrations.

“However, difficulties applying the oxidant were encountered because of soil characteristics” the Navy found, along with underground utilities that made it more difficult to reach the affected groundwater.

Several alternatives were studied. The preferred one, to be discussed at the public meeting, uses a combination of onsite bio-remediation, long-term monitoring of groundwater and land-use controls to prevent exposures.

The Navy wants the option of stopping the treatment within 10 years if it is not working, and continuing groundwater monitoring

and land-use restrictions. Copies of the plan documents are available at John Musante Porter Memorial Library, at 2001 Parkway Blvd. in North Stafford, and at the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Branch, 3049 Bordelon St., at Quantico.

Under an agreement between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Navy, 228 potentially toxic sites were identified at Quantico’s Marine Corps Combat and Development Command. The Quantico sites were added to the Superfund National Priorities List of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites requiring long-term remedial action, in 1994.

As of August 2012, 219 of those sites have been investigated and closed, according to the EPA.

Read more about Virginia and Quantico Superfund sites: epa.gov/reg3hwmd/super/va.htm

Rusty Dennen: 540/374-5431

rdennen@freelancestar.com

WANT TO COMMENT?

Comments on the remediation plan will be accepted at the June 25 meeting, and afterward, by mail to: Commander, NREA Branch B046, Attention: Donna Heric, acting remediation Program Manager, Marine Corps Base, 3049 Bordelon St., Quantico, Va. 22134-5001 by July 8, or by phone, 703/432-0521, or by fax, 703/784-4953.

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