Announcement

Former Frankford Arsenal Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) Notification of Five – Year Review

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting its first Five-Year Review for Area 2 at the former Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The purpose of a Five-Year Review is to determine whether the remedial actions remain protective of human health and the environment at sites where hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants remain. In addition, the Five-Year Review will make recommendations to address any issues if they are identified during the review.

The Frankford Arsenal started operating as an arsenal in 1816. A wide variety of ordnance-related activities took place over the years including the development of artillery and infantry equipment, providing testing of musket and rifle powder, development and manufacturing of small arms and ammunition, and many other research and development initiatives.  The arsenal was closed in 1977.

To improve efficiency with the clean-up activities at the former Frankford Arsenal, the Corps of Engineers divided the site into four active projects (Area 1, Area 2, Area 3, and Groundwater). This Five-Year Review focuses on Area 2 soils where previous environmental investigations identified lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and benzo(a)pyrene in the environment. The remedy for Area 2 is a combination of removal and disposal of soils in some areas and capping of soils with land use controls in other areas. The selected remedy does not allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure therefore this Five-Year Review is being conducted to ensure the remedy remains protective.

After completion, estimated for May 2022, the Five-Year Review report will be available to the public online, along with other project documents and reports, at www.nab.usace.army.mil/frankford.

For more information about the project or to provide feedback regarding the remedial actions that have been implemented for consideration as part of the Five-Year Review, please email Todd Beckwith, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager, or call 410-962-6782.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has conducted its first Five-Year Review for Area 1 at the former Frankford Arsenal Formerly Used Defense Site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Five-Year Review identified that the No Further Action remedy at the former Frankford Arsenal, Area I, remains protective of human health and the environment. 

History

The Frankford Arsenal started operating as an arsenal in 1816. A wide variety of ordnance-related activities took place over the years including the development of artillery and infantry equipment, proving and testing of musket and rifle powder, development and manufacturing of small arms and ammunition, and many other research and development initiatives.

In 1976, Frankford Arsenal was declared excess and was closed on Sept. 30, 1977. A decontamination and clean-up program was completed in 1980. The work included remediation of radiological contamination, explosive residues, and heavy metal residues.  Since 1996, the Corps of Engineers has performed investigations for munitions and residual chemicals. The site has been divided into four active projects to improve efficiency (Area 1, Area 2, Area 3, and Groundwater).

Contact Information

Baltimore District Corporate Communication
410-962-2809
cenab-cc@usace.army.mil