3 Allegany Ballistics Laboratory A government-owned, contractor-operated plant (Plant 1) of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)Operated by ATK Tactical Systems Company, LLCInstallation Restoration Program (IRP) managed by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic Division (LANTDIV)Environmental studies/engineering - CH2M Hill
4 Allegany Ballistics Laboratory Conducts research, development, testing and production of solid rocket propulsion, laser initiation systems, composite and metal structures for military tactical missiles and gun launched systems.These include air-to-air, air-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and gun launched systems for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.
5 ABL Economic Impact 850 full time employees (Oct 2003) $38 million annual payroll (2002)$73 million goods & services purchasedlocally in FY2003$260 million facility improvements & maintenance since 1984.$28 million/year projected thru 2005.
6 ABL Environmental Issues 1983 study identified 9 sites, 7 were recommendedfor further evaluation:- Northern Riverside Waste Disposal Area (1)- Previous Burning Grounds (2 & 3)- X-ray developing solution disposal site (4)- Inert landfill (5)- Sensitivity test area water impoundment (6)- Beryllium landfill (7)Production Well ‘A’ identified in 1983, became Site 10Production Well ‘F’ identified in 1995, became Site 11Various Building 167 areas identified in 1983, became Site 12
7 Environmental Concerns Soil and ground water contaminationSolventsProduction materials and by-productsNo immediate threat to human health or the environmentConcerns are for potential future residential land and water uses
8 Environmental Cleanup A multi-step process1. Preliminary Assessment / Site Inspection (PA/SI)- Specific sites identified- Sampling is conducted to confirm or deny thepresence of contamination2. Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study (RI/FS)- Determines the nature and extent of contamination.- Risk Assessment for human health and the environment- Evaluates numerous options3. Record of Decision (ROD)- All parties involved agree on proposed cleanup4. Remedial Design / Remedial Action (RD/RA)- Determines and emplaces selected technology
9 Installation Restoration Program January Initial Assessment StudyFebruary Technical Review Committee (TRC) formedMay Plant 1 listed on National Priorities ListDecember 8, TRC changed to Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)January Federal Facility Agreement
10 National Priorities List (NPL) National list of environmental sites based on calculation of risk to human health and the environment“Worst-First” clean upListing on NPL brings funding priority“Superfund” for civilian sitesDoD funding for military sitesFederal Facilities Agreement establishes working arrangement between Navy, EPA, and W.Va.
11 Site 1 - Riverside Disposal Area Approx. 11 acresUsed as waste burning, storage and disposal areaVolatile organic compounds (primarily solvents) and metals detected in soil, ground water, and sediment.Air stripping of ground water began in 1998Soil investigation completed in 2002, ecological and human health risk assessments for soil are in progress
13 Site 1 Treatment Plant Construction 53% of the project budget of approximately $5 million was allocated to local vendors or businesses1 % OHM Equipment1% Local Equipment Rental4% OHM7% Direct Costs (local)8% Direct Costs (others)18% Major Equipment20% Labor and Fees41% Subcontractors (local)
14 Site 2 Previous Burning Ground (1942-1949) Burning ground area utilized from located southwest of Building 361A few solvents, hydrocarbons, and metals detected in soil and groundwaterAdditional groundwater sampling is proposed for this site
15 Site 3 Previous Burning Ground (1950-1958) Burning ground area utilized fromTwo areas of disturbed soil and four linear features identified in aerial photographsA few solvents and metals were detected in soil and groundwaterEcological and human health risk assessments are in progress
16 Site 4B Spent Photographic Developing Solution Site Area adjacent to Building 181 were spent photographic solutions (containing silver, cyanide and phenols) were dischargedMetals contamination found in soilA Pilot Study is planned to assist with clean up of soil
17 Site 5 Inert (non ordnance) Landfill Soil and ground water contamination from disposal of drums which had contained solvents, laboratory and photographic chemicals, and construction debris.Landfill cap completed in September 1998Approximately 4 acresGroundwater studies completed in 2002Ecological and human health risk assessments are in progress
18 Site 6 - Sensitivity Test Area Surface Water Impoundment Approximately 2.5-acre man-made surface water impoundment located 500 feet down-slope from sensitivity test areaPart of Area of Concern ISediment samples collected in September 2001 indicate no explosive constituents were detected.Therefore, a no further action closeout document was prepared for the site in February 2002
19 Site 7- Beryllium Landfill 6 x 6 x 10-foot pit for disposal of laboratory materialsContents excavated in 1995, segregated in 1996, and disposed of in 1997No further action decision document was signed for the site in 2001
20 Site 10 - Production Well ‘A’ Identified in 1983 and recommended for continued monitoringInterim Remedial Action to treat water at Site 1 treatment plant proposed in March Decision document signed in June 1998Shallow groundwater treatment began in February 1999Final decision document for Site 10 groundwater (not yet issued) stipulates that the system be expanded to include bedrock groundwater extraction and treatment. Expanded system began operation in February 2002
21 Site 11 - Production Well ‘F’ Well installed in 1961 but never put into operation because sand in borehole prevented pumping.Free product (solvents) found in well in 1995.Investigation of soil and groundwater, sampling and re-boring of the well during Sept.-Oct removed source of contamination.Performed 4 rounds of quarterly groundwater sampling following source removalDraft Remedial Investigation Report, including a risk assessment, submitted November 2002.
22 Site 12 - Former Area of Concern N, Building 167 Solid Waste Management Units Nine units in the vicinity of Building 167 where wastes historically handledInvestigated Units 37N and 52 during Phase I Phase II and Phase III (as Area of Concern N) Solid Waste Management Unit/ Area of Concern InvestigationsDiscovered two solvent plumesOne centered around Building 167 (primarily TCE)One centered around former wastewater sump (Unit 37N)Area of Concern N was designated IR Site 12RI currently underway to determine vertical extent of groundwater contamination and the extent of subsurface soil contamination
23 Site Status 1 2 3 4B 5 Site Study Invest. Decision Cleanup Groundwater SoilAll mediaAll mediaSoilSoilGroundwater, Surface Water and Sediment
24 Site Status Cont’d... 6 7 10 11 12 Site Study Invest. Decision Cleanup NFA decision document prepared in February 2002NFA decision document signed September 2001Interim decision document for groundwater signed June 1998; final remedy implemented February 2002SoilAll mediaAll media
25 Public ParticipationTwo-way, interactive communication that involves the community in the clean up process.
26 The Players RAB West Navy ATK Virginia EPA Maryland Decision Document Communities
27 What is a RAB? Restoration Advisory Board Made up of representatives from the community and government agenciesMembers provide advice to decision makersAll members are equal
28 ABL RAB Mission Statement Serve as a forum for discussion and exchange of information between federal/state agencies and the community regarding the cleanup program at ABLProvide an opportunity for stakeholders to review Installation Restoration Program cleanup progress, provide input and participate in dialogue with decision makersComplement other public participation initiatives
29 ABL RAB Mission Statement continuedThe purpose of this mission of private-public dialogue is to provide a trust-building process among the various stakeholders and government agencies, to protect human health and the environment, to restore the identified National Priorities List sites and to prevent or minimize future pollution from these sites. Accomplishing this mission is expected to enhance the viability of ABL to provide employment and valuable public services for years to come.
30 RAB Responsibilities Provide advice to regulatory agencies Consider important clean up issuesReview and evaluate technical documentsRecommend prioritiesConduct regular meetings, which are open to the public
31 Benefits of Public Participation Understanding cleanup issues and progressOpportunity to participate in the process and influence decisionsClean up that is responsive to community desires
32 RAB Members Stakeholders Interested individuals Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)State regulatory agencies (Md. & W.Va.)Local city and county governmentsU.S. Navy and ATK Tactical Systems Company, LLC.
33 StakeholdersAny person, group, or organization affected by, or having a vested interest in, the environmental issues or the process used for their resolution.
34 RAB Activities Publicize RAB meetings & activities Update Community Relations PlanIncrease community awarenessIncrease understanding of environmental issues, process, and accomplishments
35 RAB MembersThe number of RAB members should be large enough to reflect community diversity, yet small enough to be workableThe ABL RAB meets quarterlyNew community members are welcome
36 Community Member Expectations Serve at least a two-year termAttend all RAB meetingsReview and comment on technical documentsCommunicate with the community and interested groups
37 RAB Co-chairs Dr. Betsey T. Kagey, Ph.D. (301) 722-0029 Mr. Lou Williams, NAVSEA,(909)ABL contact: Les Mull(304)
38 Information Repositories LaVale Public Library815 National HighwayLaVale, MdFort Ashby Public LibraryLincoln StreetFort Ashby, W. Va.
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