United States Army, Engineering Proving Ground
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EPA Project Manager
Ms. Barbara Smith
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street MS 3LC20
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-5786
VA DEQ Project Manager
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Construction of the Fairfax County Parkway was finished in 2012 on 170 acres of the southeast portion of the Engineering Proving Ground (EPG). Ft. Belvoir completed the investigations and remediation at this area. Institutional controls and groundwater monitoring are part of the remedy at SWMU 26, 27 and the FATTs area (old gasoline spill area) which are located in the Parkway Right of Way (ROW). Ft. Belvoir coordinates with EPA on any on-going construction activities to ensure the institutional control plan is followed.
Investigations are on-going at some SWMUS located in the northern part of EPG. Phase III investigations include delineation of a groundwater contamination at Area of Concern 21, which was a munitions burial pit found during explosives clearance activities. Ft. Belvoir removed the munitions and contaminated soil. Risk assessment reports for various SWMUs have been submitted and are currently under EPA review.
The Engineer Proving Ground (EPG) is part of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Belvoir which is located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 14 miles south of Washington, DC. EPG is an 807-acre tract located 1.5 miles northwest of the main post of Fort Belvoir. EPG is situated in Fairfax County and is bounded on the east by Interstate 95. Commercial and residential properties border EPG to the north, west, and south. The U.S. Army acquired the EPG in the early 1940s and used it as a testing and engineer training site. The testing and engineer training included methods and equipment for deployment, detection, and neutralization of land mines.
In September 2, 2005 EPA issued a Unilateral Order under Section 3013 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to investigate contamination at the site. Forty four SWMUs and 21 Areas of Concerns have been identified at EPG.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 6 pages, 21 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF,8 pages, 23 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
Virginia DEQ Central Office
Mr. Brett A. Burdick
Department of Emergency Services
Commonwealth of Virginia
10501 Trade Court
Richmond, VA 23236-3713
Phone: (804) 897-6500 (X6502)
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the VA DEQ Project Manager : Jutta Schneider (804)-698-4099 or EPA Project Manager: Ms. Barbara Smith (215) 814-5786.