Success Stories

Success Stories - 2016

Construction Completion at St. Juliens Creek Annex, Chesapeake, VA

The United States Navy, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality celebrated a significant milestone regarding the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program during a ceremony at St Juliens Creek Annex in August 2016.

St. Juliens Creek Annex was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in July 2000 as a result of former operations conducted at the base that resulted in environmental impacts. Subsequently, fifty-nine (59) potentially contaminated sites on the base were identified for further evaluation based on previous assessments and investigations. Fifty-six (56) of those sites have since been determined to require no further action following environmental audits, site inspections, and/or removal (cleanup) actions. Long-term concerns are being actively managed at the three remaining sites.

  In May 2016, the Record of Decision (ROD) for the final site under investigation was signed. The Preliminary Closeout Report was signed in July 2016, signifying Construction Complete for the facility. The August 2016 ceremony recognized the Navy's completion of construction activities under CERCLA, and culminates several decades of investigation and remediation. It is only the third construction completion ceremony for a Navy facility in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and represents a major milestone. The site-wide construction complete milestone is achieved when physical construction of all cleanup actions are complete, all immediate concerns have been addressed, and all long-term concerns are being managed.

The partnering team, made up of members from VDEQ, EPA Region 3, the Navy, and its contractor, CH2M, was instrumental in getting the work done to achieve this milestone.

Success Stories - 2015

Construction Completion at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia Beach

The United States Navy, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality celebrated a significant milestone regarding the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program during a ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story on May 14th.

The ceremony recognized the Navy's completion of construction activities under CERCLA, and culminates 31 years of investigation and remediation.  It is only the second construction completion ceremony for a Navy facility in the Mid-Atlantic Region and represents a major milestone demonstrating that all physical construction of the cleanup remedies is complete, all immediate concerns have been addressed, and all long-term concerns are being managed.

JEB Little Creek was placed on the National Priorities List in May 1999.  Of the 140 locations initially identified for potential cleanup, the property associated with 132 of these locations has been returned to the Navy with no land use restrictions. Of the remaining eight locations, although the properties have land use restrictions, they remain available to support the Navy mission. 

VDEQ’s Federal Facilities Restoration Program Remedial Project Manager, has been a member of the JEB Little Creek Tier 1 partnering team for 12 years. The partnering team, made up of members from VDEQ, EPA Region 3, the Navy, and its contractor, CH2M Hill, was instrumental in getting the work done to achieve this milestone.

The ceremony was attended by Mr. Donald Shregardus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment), Mr. Shawn Garvin, Administrator, U.S. Environmental protection Agency Region 3, Mr. Jeffery Steers, Director of Central Operations, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and Rear. Adm. Rick Williamson, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.

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Air Force Tier 2 Partnering Team Established

Air Force Tier 2 partnering was initiated in June 2015 by EPA Region 3, VDEQ, Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), and the Air National Guard. The partnering team, consisting of representatives from AFCEC, Air National Guard, EPA Region 3, and the states of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, held two meetings in 2015. The team has developed a team charter, aligned agency targets, and opened lines of communication between the Air Force, Air National Guard and the regulators. Discussions are ongoing to develop a shared path forward on issues and specifically to address emerging contaminants, such as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).

Success Stories - 2014

Innovative Technology – Advanced Munitions Classification

The partnering team at Marine Corps Base Quantico is leading the way in the use of advanced munitions classification technology at munitions sites. A typical munitions investigation employs the use of various types of metal detectors and ground penetrating radar to identify potential munitions objects in the subsurface. Once the objects are identified, each one is unearthed to determine whether the object presents a potential risk as a munition or is harmless, like a piece of scrap metal, a nail, or a tin can. This type of investigation is extremely costly and time consuming, leading the project managers to ask, is there a better way to do this?

The Department of Defense has developed an advanced munitions classification technology called Time Domain Electromagnetic Towed Array Detection System (TEMTADS). This technology takes a three dimensional image of an object in the subsurface and compares it to a catalogue of known objects to determine what the object is without having to dig it up. One of the first production sites in the country for this technology is Quantico Site UXO-034, where it has shown the potential for significant cost and time savings.

Army Tier 2 Partnering Team Established

Army Tier 2 partnering was initiated in May 2014 by EPA Region 3, VDEQ, and the Army Environmental Command (AEC). The partnering team, consisting of representatives from six active Army bases, US Army Corps of Engineers, Army BRAC Division, AEC, EPA Region 3, and the states of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, held three meetings in 2014. The team has developed a team charter, aligned agency targets, and opened lines of communication between the Army and the regulators. Discussions are ongoing to develop a shared path forward on issues such as emerging contaminants, vapor intrusion, TI waivers, groundwater remediation completion, land use controls, and munitions investigations.

Optimization Focus - Saving Time and Money

Many sites within the Federal Facilities Restoration Program have made their way through the CERCLA process and have established remedies in place, most of which include land use controls and monitoring programs. Partnering teams are now using optimization techniques to enhance the remediation effort and/or streamline the monitoring approach. In many cases the teams incorporated optimization strategies within planning documents in order to enable teams to make efficient and timely decisions based on current data. In 2014, three Navy bases – Dahlgren, Little Creek, and St. Juliens Creek Annex – implemented significant optimization strategies which resulted in remediation and monitoring improvements for eight sites

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P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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