May 2022 Project Update

This monthly Spring Valley Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) project summary is provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, as part of its ongoing efforts to make information regarding the neighborhood investigation more accessible to community members, elected officials, Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) members, and other interested stakeholders. Specifically, the monthly update is produced to provide those who follow the project with a current snapshot of regulatory partnering, planning and field activities, and is not designed to provide historical information or an overview of the project. Those individuals interested in broader project information, or who have follow-up questions regarding this update, are invited to contact our Community Outreach Team at 410-962-2210. You may also contact our project regulatory partners, Brian Barone (DOEE) at 202-499-0437 or Joe Vitello (US EPA) at 215-814-3354.

Glenbrook Road NW

Site-Wide Remedial Action 

  • The homeowner landscape reimbursement process has been completed for the recent group of 4 properties where remedial action efforts were completed in December.
  • To date, USACE has completed all phases of field work at 90 of the initial 92 private properties as well as the 13 city/federal properties adjacent to Dalecarlia Parkway. To date, 89 assurance letters have been sent to the property owners involved.
  • The outreach team continued to coordinate meetings with homeowners and provide support to the field team for the intrusive investigations. The team gained access to one of the two remaining properties and continued to coordinate with the homeowners throughout May. One property owner has declined participation.

  • Cued surveys were completed on the majority of one of the remaining two properties. Surveys on the remaining portion of this property are pending right-of-entry to an adjacent property required to access the backyard.

  • As a reminder, further investigation of the surrounding hillside of the former PSB site remains inactive while contract details for further remediation work are finalized. The work at this site is expected to resume in 2022. The PSB Slope Investigation Report was finalized, and details of the report uploaded to the website. The PSB site has been secured and a small team routinely inspects waste drums and monitors the erosion and sediment (E&S) controls. Repairs to the E&S controls are made as needed.

  • Throughout all Remedial Action efforts, the teams continue to practice COVID-19 safety measures, including daily health monitoring, decontaminating tools, frequent hand washing, and social distancing.

Groundwater

  • A contract has been awarded to AECOM to develop the CERCLA documentation, including the Groundwater Addendum to the Remedial Investigation Report, a No Action Proposed Plan, and a No Action Decision Document.
  • The Preliminary Draft Remedial Investigation Addendum has been submitted, and the USACE project team is currently reviewing the document.

Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)

  • As a reminder, in response to the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person Partners meetings are not being held at this time. In lieu of in-person meetings, all project updates will continue to be posted to the project website. We are tentatively planning to host an in-person meeting at St. David’s Church for the July RAB, but will continue to monitor advisories from DC government regarding COVID-related restrictions and may switch over to a virtual format on short notice if needed. We will continue to hold RAB meetings on a quarterly basis on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The next meeting will take place on July 12th. Please visit the Spring Valley website or contact the Outreach Team at Holly.Hostetler@ertcorp.com for upcoming meeting details and updates.

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