Fort George G. Meade Base Realignment and Closure Property Remedy Notification of Five-Year Review

Published April 13, 2016
Expiration date: 5/17/2016
This Public Notice is to inform the community of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) intent to conduct the 2016 Five Year Review (5YR) for Clean Fill Dump (CFD), Ordnance Demolition Area (ODA) and Tipton Airfield Parcel (TAP), all of which are Fort George G. Meade (Fort Meade) 1998 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) properties.  CFD and ODA are located on the Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract (PRR-NT), administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  TAP is located south of Fort Meade and MD Route 32 and east of MD Route 198.  The purpose of the 5YR is to determine if the remedy implemented when the Record of Decision (ROD) was signed for each site remains protective of human health and the environment.

Constituents of Potential Concern (COPCs):  COPCs at the sites include various metals (arsenic, barium, cadmium, cobalt, lead), volatile organic compounds [VOCs: benzene, tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and cis-1,2-dichloroethene (DCE)], and Munitions and Explosives of Concern compounds [MEC: royal demolition explosive (RDX), 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), 2-amino-4,6-dinitrotoluene (DNT), and 4-amino-2,6-DNT].  Some of these COPC are present in soils and groundwater at CFD, ODA and TAP, though no site contains all the COPCs.  The COPC groundwater concentrations were slightly above the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safe drinking water Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).

Selected Remedies:  The selected remedies for CFD and TAP are No Further Action (NFA) except groundwater monitoring with land use controls (LUCs).  The selected remedy for ODA is Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) with LUCs.  The implemented LUCs prohibit: unauthorized extraction or use of the groundwater, unauthorized use of the sites and soil disturbance without prior Army approval.

Comment Period:  The Army welcomes the public’s comments on the sites.  The 30-day public comment period is: April 18 to May 17, 2016.  The Army will review the public comments.  For further information, please contact:
Steve Cardon  or  Mona D. Ponnapalli 
Fort Meade BRAC Environmental Coordinator   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Phone #: (301) 677-9178   Phone #: (410) 962-3548

Scheduled date of completion of the Final 5YRs is anticipated to be September 30, 2016.  The public is invited to examine the previous Five Year Reviews online at: and at the Information Repository located at:   Fort Meade DPW - Environmental Management Division (IMND-MEA-PWE) 85th Medical Battalion Ave., Building 32460 Fort George G. Meade, MD  20755 301-677-9648 Hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm; Monday through Friday