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1
Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL)
Environmental Cleanup
2
Cumberland, Md.
Maryland
West Virginia
ABL
Area Map
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, LLC
  • Installation 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 purchased
  • locally 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
    recommended
  • for 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 10
  • Production Well F identified in 1995, became
    Site 11
  • Various Building 167 areas identified in 1983,
    became Site 12

7
Environmental Concerns
  • Soil and ground water contamination
  • Solvents
  • Production materials and by-products
  • No immediate threat to human health or the
    environment
  • Concerns are for potential future residential
    land and water uses

8
Environmental Cleanup
A multi-step process
1. Preliminary Assessment / Site Inspection
(PA/SI) - Specific sites identified - Sampling
is conducted to confirm or deny the presence
of contamination 2. Remedial Investigation /
Feasibility Study (RI/FS) - Determines the
nature and extent of contamination. - Risk
Assessment for human health and the
environment - Evaluates numerous options 3.
Record of Decision (ROD) - All parties involved
agree on proposed cleanup 4. Remedial Design /
Remedial Action (RD/RA) - Determines and
emplaces selected technology
9
Installation Restoration Program
  • January 1983 - Initial Assessment Study
  • February 1989 - Technical Review Committee (TRC)
    formed
  • May 1994 - Plant 1 listed on National Priorities
    List
  • December 8, 1994 - TRC changed to Restoration
    Advisory Board (RAB)
  • January 1998 - 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 up
  • Listing on NPL brings funding priority
  • Superfund for civilian sites
  • DoD funding for military sites
  • Federal Facilities Agreement establishes
    working arrangement between Navy, EPA, and W.Va.

11
Site 1 - Riverside Disposal Area
  • Approx. 11 acres
  • Used as waste burning, storage and disposal
    area
  • Volatile organic compounds (primarily solvents)
    and metals detected in soil, ground water, and
    sediment.
  • Air stripping of ground water began in 1998
  • Soil investigation completed in 2002, ecological
    and human health risk assessments for soil are in
    progress

12
Site 1 Groundwater Time Line
13
Site 1 Treatment Plant Construction
53 of the project budget of approximately 5
million was allocated to local vendors or
businesses
  • 1 OHM Equipment
  • 1 Local Equipment Rental
  • 4 OHM
  • 7 Direct Costs (local)
  • 8 Direct Costs (others)
  • 18 Major Equipment
  • 20 Labor and Fees
  • 41 Subcontractors (local)

14
Site 2Previous Burning Ground (1942-1949)
  • Burning ground area utilized from 1942-1949
    located southwest of Building 361
  • A few solvents, hydrocarbons, and metals
    detected in soil and groundwater
  • Additional groundwater sampling is proposed for
    this site

15
Site 3Previous Burning Ground (1950-1958)
  • Burning ground area utilized from 1950-1958
  • Two areas of disturbed soil and four linear
    features identified in aerial photographs
  • A few solvents and metals were detected in soil
    and groundwater
  • Ecological and human health risk assessments are
    in progress

16
Site 4BSpent Photographic Developing Solution
Site
  • Area adjacent to Building 181 were spent
    photographic solutions (containing silver,
    cyanide and phenols) were discharged
  • Metals contamination found in soil
  • A Pilot Study is planned to assist with clean up
    of soil

17
Site 5Inert (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 1998

Approximately 4 acres
  • Groundwater studies completed in 2002
  • Ecological 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 area
  • Part of Area of Concern I
  • Sediment 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
    materials
  • Contents excavated in 1995, segregated in 1996,
    and disposed of in 1997
  • No further action decision document was signed
    for the site in 2001

20
Site 10 - Production Well A
  • Identified in 1983 and recommended for continued
    monitoring
  • Interim Remedial Action to treat water at Site 1
    treatment plant proposed in March 1998. Decision
    document signed in June 1998
  • Shallow groundwater treatment began in February
    1999
  • Final 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. 1999
    removed source of contamination.
  • Performed 4 rounds of quarterly groundwater
    sampling following source removal
  • Draft 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 handled
  • Investigated Units 37N and 52 during Phase I
    Phase II and Phase III (as Area of Concern N)
    Solid Waste Management Unit/ Area of Concern
    Investigations
  • Discovered two solvent plumes
  • One centered around Building 167 (primarily
    TCE)
  • One centered around former wastewater sump
    (Unit 37N)
  • Area of Concern N was designated IR Site 12
  • RI currently underway to determine vertical
    extent of groundwater contamination and the
    extent of subsurface soil contamination

23
Site Status
Site Study Invest. Decision Cleanup 1 1
2 3 4B 5 5
Groundwater
Soil
All media
All media
Soil
Soil
Groundwater, Surface Water and Sediment
24
Site Status Contd...
Site Study Invest. Decision Cleanup 6 7
10 10 11 12
NFA decision document prepared in February 2002
NFA decision document signed September 2001
Interim decision document for groundwater signed
June 1998 final remedy implemented February 2002
Soil
All media
All media
25
Public Participation
Two-way, interactive communication that involves
the community in the clean up process.
26
The Players
West Virginia
Navy
ATK
RAB
EPA
Maryland
DecisionDocument
Communities
27
What is a RAB?
Restoration Advisory Board
  • Made up of representatives from the community
    and government agencies
  • Members provide advice to decision makers
  • All 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
    ABL
  • Provide an opportunity for stakeholders to
    review Installation Restoration Program cleanup
    progress, provide input and participate in
    dialogue with decision makers
  • Complement other public participation initiatives

29
ABL RAB Mission Statement
continued
The 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 issues
  • Review and evaluate technical documents
  • Recommend priorities
  • Conduct regular meetings, which are open to
    the public

31
Benefits of Public Participation
  • Understanding cleanup issues and progress
  • Opportunity to participate in the process and
    influence decisions
  • Clean 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 governments
  • U.S. Navy and ATK Tactical Systems Company, LLC.

33
Stakeholders
Any 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 Plan
  • Increase community awareness
  • Increase understanding of environmental issues,
    process, and accomplishments

35
RAB Members
  • The number of RAB members should be large
    enough to reflect community diversity, yet
    small enough to be workable
  • The ABL RAB meets quarterly
  • New community members are welcome

36
Community Member Expectations
  • Serve at least a two-year term
  • Attend all RAB meetings
  • Review and comment on technical documents
  • Communicate with the community and interested
    groups

37
RAB Co-chairs
  • Dr. Betsey T. Kagey, Ph.D.
  • (301) 722-0029
  • E-mail Bkagey_at_mail.frostburg.edu
  • Mr. Lou Williams, NAVSEA,
  • (909) 920-9737
  • ABL contact Les Mull
  • (304) 726-5425

38
Information Repositories
LaVale Public Library 815 National
Highway LaVale, Md Fort Ashby Public
Library Lincoln Street Fort Ashby, W. Va.
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