Issues- (APRIL-JUNE 2003):
- Congressional. The BRAC status of the property and the District
Congressman's (Manzullo) interest in property transfer, continues.
During a May 2003 meting with the Army BRAC Office, the congressman
was informed of current plans to lease a significant portion
of the property that is to be transferred to the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to the LRA for the development of a Data Farm.
This activity has the potential to generate two thousand jobs
for the local economy.
For this reason, a FOSL for this area has become a top priority
for the Army.
- High Profile Items. The Army is still committed to transferring
a minimum amount of SVDA acreage before the end of the fiscal
year. Toward that end, several FOSTs have taken priority over
other work at the site.
- Delays in Environmental Restoration Actions. The situation
with respect to delays at the SVDA Site is complex because of
the nature of the site and. What may be considered delays are
site-specific and project-specific, and relate to the adequacy
of characterization, the integration of removal actions into
final actions, concurrence on final decision documents, and
the needs of multiple parties (DoD, the regulators, federal
and state land stewards and the local community). Reasonable
and realistic timetables for these activities have been developed
and will be reviewed during the SMART Team and BCT meetings
scheduled for the second week in July.
- SMART Team changes. The SMART Team meeting, which was scheduled
for June 2003, was postponed to July as a result of the priority
given by the Army to FOST/FOSL/Land Transfer Issues. Also, the
Army Environmental Policy Institute (AEPI) facilitator for the
SMART Team's efforts will be changing as of the July SMART Team
The primary issues impacting transfer have to do
with a) whether or not known areas of contamination within specific
parcels have been fully remediated to an acceptable level of protectiveness;
b) whether the full nature and extent of contamination within
specific parcels has been determined; and c) whether OE/UXO issues
associated with specific parcels have been adequately addressed.
All of these issues are under active discussion with respect to
the areas identified for transfer during the current fiscal year.
Completed to Date in FY
BCT achievements or successes:
- Technology Optimization, Partnering, Property Transfer:
- Achievements: Site 44 has been characterized
for purposes of a non-time critical removal action that
is expected to take place in July. Team is making progress
toward resolving OE/UXO issues. FOSTs were prepared for
Parcels 14A and 19, and the regulators commented upon
these documents in early June. Regulatory comments on
a number of documents were completed (Sites 15 and 33
Removal Action, Lower Post RI, Zone L EE/CA Work Plan,
Site 197 [Indoor Firing Range], Site 111 [Outdoor Washout
Facility], and the OE Site Characterization Report). Responses
to, and resolution of comments, will begin with the upcoming
- Issues: Upcoming FOSL, FOST, and OPS: Additional
FOSTs for LRA (Local Reuse Authority) Parcels 1, 2, 4,
5 and 6 are anticipated.
- Community Activities (e.g., RAB): Restoration Advisory
Board (RAB) - The next RAB meeting is scheduled during the
next reporting period (July 10).
- Any other relevant installation issues not covered elsewhere:
None at this time.
- The RPM is not, at this time, aware of any staffing or
funding issues impacting EPA's ability to perform its oversight
role at the Site.
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