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Naval Training Center Bainbridge
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)
EPA ID# MDD985397256
1st Congressional District
Last Update: June 2006
Current Site StatusThe U.S. Navy has transferred this site to the Bainbridge Development Corporation. The cleanup is complete.
The Naval Training Center-Bainbridge (NTCB) was constructed in 1942 as a training center for World War II Navy recruits. The facility was partially deactivated after World War II, but experienced major activity following the beginning of the Korean crisis in 1951. In the post-war years, NTCB became the host for various schools and functions, including the Naval Preparatory School, the Nuclear Power School, the Naval Reserve Manpower Center, WAVES Headquarters, and a U.S. Naval Hospital. Operations at NTCB were reduced in 1972, and NTCB was formally closed in 1976. The United States Navy has retained ownership, although no Navy operations have been conducted since 1976. The Department of Labor operated a Job Corp Training Center on part of the installation until 1990.
On November 3, 1986, the United States Congress authorized the Secretary of the Navy to dispose of the NTCB facility by sale to private parties or transfer to other government agencies. NTCB is the Federal Facilities equivalent of a Brownfields site with the primary goal of the Navy being effective re-use of the former property by the State of Maryland and the people of Cecil County. Congress specified that before any sale, the Secretary of the Navy was required to "restore such property to a condition that meets all applicable Federal and State of Maryland environmental protection regulations." Public Law 99-956.
- Site Responsibility
- The site was addressed through Federal actions by the U.S. Navy using CERCLA authority
- NPL Listing History
- This site is not a BRAC site and has not been proposed for the NPL.
Threats and Contaminants
Over half of the monies spent at NTCB have gone into cleanup of asbestos and a 1991 Federal Facility Compliance Agreement (FFCA) focused on reaching compliance with the National Emission Standard for Asbestos under the Clean Air Act, often called the Asbestos NESHAP. The Navy took actions that brought them into compliance with an Administrative Order regarding friable asbestos (aircell) at the former hospital area. The total asbestos effort led to the removal of 138,000 tons of soil, creation of a rubble landfill and the disposal of 400,000 cubic yards of debris from the demolition activities to the rubble landfill.
Several sites at NTCB were identified as areas of concern. All but two of these were able to be eliminated following removal actions and/or additional sampling and risk assessments. The Old Base Landfill (OBL) and the Fire Training Area (FTA) were the focus of a Record of Decisions (ROD). The selected remedy for these locations calls for institutional controls (deed restrictions on the landfill cap and ground water use restrictions) and a long term ground water, surface water and sediment monitoring program.
Contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry (ATSDR), an arm of the CDC.