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Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Current Site Information

EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)

Prince William

EPA ID# VA1170024722

1st Congressional District

Last Update: February 2014

Other Names


Current Site Status

EPA and the Navy entered into a Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) to conduct studies and to examine ways to conduct clean up at the Marine Corps Combat and Development Command.   As a result, a total of 213 potential sites were identified for further consideration and 15 sites have been identified since the FFA was signed giving a total of 228 sites requiring studies.  As of August 2012, 219 sites have been investigated and closed with either consensus agreements or Record of Decisions.

Ongoing site work includes:

Old Landfill - An Interim Record of Decision (ROD) was signed in September 1997 and a Final ROD was signed in November 2007.  The final ROD includes: Long-Term Monitoring, Land Use Controls, Groundwater Use Restrictions, and Groundwater Monitoring to confirm that contaminants are not moving offsite at unacceptable levels.  Ground water monitoring is being conducted annually.  The draft Second Long-Term Monitoring Plan (LTM) Report was submitted in February 2014 and is currently being reviewed by EPA.

Building 2101 Paint Boot Sump - An Action ROD was signed September 30, 2008 for ORC Treatment, Institutional Control and Long-Term Monitoring.  A time critical removal action consisting of groundwater treatment and soil mixing was completed in April 2013 to address volatile organic compounds and a hotspot. EPA provided comments on the draft Tier II SAP for the Supplemental Investigation for Residual Contamination in February 2014.  A supplemental Investigation is being conducted to evaluate the post-TCRA site conditions and is expected to be finalized in December 2014.  An Explanation of Significant Differences and Remedial Design will be prepared after the results of the Supplemental Investigation are available.

Quantico Embayment and Southern Wetlands- The Record of Decision was signed in September 2011.  The selected remedy includes: a Habitat Enhancement Cap; Institutional Controls; Dredging and Off-Site Disposal; Monitored Natural Recovery and statutory 5-Years Reviews. The Remedial Action was completed for the Southern Wetlands (Dredging); however construction of the cap at the Embayment is ongoing.  A soil removal is planned for the two soil areas at the embayment to address the petroleum.

Chopawamsic Creek - The Record of Decision was signed in September 2011. The selected remedy includes: Monitored Natural Recovery, Land Use Controls and statutory 5-Years Reviews. 

Abrahams Creek - Additional studies are necessary to further characterize the site, and to determine the most appropriate technology for remediation.

B-2113 UG Tank Loading/Unloading Area (SWMU M-13) – The RI/FS Report was finalized in November 2012.  The proposed plan has been reviewed and once comments have been addressed and the document is finalized the draft ROD will be submitted for comment.

UXO 013 and UXO 024 ‑ Field work for a time critical removal action has started.

UXO 018 – The field work for a time critical removal action has started.                                                                                                             

UXO 034 – The Phase I RI fieldwork is underway for OU27.  A non-time critical removal action is planned prior to completing MEC sampling in the Phase II RI.

Removal Actions have been completed for the following sites, followed by No action or NFA RODs.
     Camp Barrett Disposal Area
     Camp Goettge Disposal Area
     Camp Upshur Disposal Area
     Smith Lake Road Cleared Area
     Pesticide Control Building
     TBS Northwest Training Area
     Building 4 Accumulation Area
     Golf Course Maintenance Area
     Old Batch Plant
     Former Rifle Range

Site Description

The Marine Corps Combat Development Command site (MCCDC) is a 56,000-acre military training facility that overlaps areas in Prince William, Northern Stafford, and Eastern Fauquier counties.  The base is located in Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River.  MCCDC is bordered by Prince William Forest Park to the north and the Potomac River to the east.  The western and southern portions of the base include residential areas.  Operations began at MCCDC in 1917, when the Department of Defense established a new Marine training camp.  A large expansion in the size of the facility occurred in 1943.  The MCCDC prepares Marine Corps officers for general combat by providing them with an understanding of technical operations and by performing research and development of military equipment.

Site Responsibility

The site is being addressed through Federal actions.

NPL Listing History

This site was proposed to the National Priorities List of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites requiring long term remedial action on May 01, 1993.  The site was formally added to the list on May 31, 1994, making it eligible for federal cleanup funds.

Threats and Contaminants

Groundwater at Site 95 is contaminated with cis-1,2 DCE and vinyl chloride.  SWMU M-13 also has VOCs in groundwater and a pilot study has been conducted the data indicates that chlorinated volatile organic compounds are present in the groundwater that may pose unacceptable risks to human receptors under future land use scenario. EPA and the Navy/Marine Corps Base are resolving comments on the draft Proposed Remedial Action Plan.  The preferred alternative includes in-situ enhanced bioremediation and land use controls.  In-situ enhanced bioremediation would involve injecting natural microbial inoculants into the wells to ensure the presence of the proper bacterial required for complete dehalogenation of chlorinated volatile organic compounds. Monitoring would be performed to confirm the effectiveness of the remedial action.  A site review will be conducted every 5 years until site remediation goals have been met and a report detailing the results would be approved by the regulators.

Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.

Cleanup Progress

This site is being addressed in a long-term remedial phase focusing on the cleanup of the entire base. A total of 228 Installation Restoration sites have been identified and prioritized, and are being systematically investigated.  Investigations were initiated in 1998, and are scheduled to continue into the 2020's.  These investigations range from a Desk Top Audit, to Desk Top Audit With Sampling, to Site Screening Process that utilized limited and focused investigations to determine if comprehensive Remedial Investigations are required.  The investigations range in scope from file reviews and visual inspections to the collection of multimedia environmental samples.  Human health risk screening criteria are used as the primary decision making mechanisms in this process.


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