Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Historic" Contamination, Indeed

The community meetings that have been hosted this year by the U.S. Army and BAE Systems were announced after several concerned citizens came to a Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting that the facility is required to hold in conjunction with their unique RCRA permit. The meeting in March caught Jim McKenna a bit "off guard," even though he has been running these meetings since they started at RAAP a decade ago.

It may have been the level of concern, or perhaps the impact of the WDBJ7 news report on how citizens were treated at that meeting (a report which has since disappeared),  that prompted the Army and BAE to decide to hold separate meetings for purposes of informing the community about ongoing hazardous waste disposal practices at RAAP. Whatever the motivation, Col.Ortiz made sure stakeholders at the meeting on the 5th knew that the 

                 RAB meeting at 7 pm 
       on Wednesday the 25th of this month 

is being convened to discuss "historic contamination" and not the Open Burning Ground (OBG). Funny thing is, the soil at the OBG is being "remediated" as part of that "historic" waste problem. The soil in the EPA's RCRA permit to address areas of contamination "discovered" in the 1980's is now known as Solid Waste Management Unit 13 (SWMU13) and regulated separate from the actual burning pans above and groundwater below the Open Burning Ground at what VA DEQ described in an email as the "co-located Hazardous Waste Management Unit 13 (HWMU13)" . So, if you're concerned about the lead, benzo(a)pyrene and nitroglycerin in the soil at the OBG, <<< link to MAP of levels in soil<<<
 the Arsenal's RAB Meeting at 7 pm on the 25th is FOR YOU! (same time, same place as last Thursday)

That's right, in another instance of "geo-graphic co-location," the soil that's been doused with metals, explosives like RDX, HMX, Dinitrotoluene (and who knows what)  since 1941 and continues to receive the "fall out" from ongoing operations at the OBG, is not covered under the Virginia DEQ permit for the OBG, it's an EPA RCRA site all by itself. So, if you think that some of the contaminants in that soil that are still being addressed:

      Solid Waste Mangement Unit 54 and the New River Unit, for two...
 
 might have some "long lasting" effects, despite being "historic," this meeting is a "must attend." Hope to see YOU there!

Other sites covered under the RAB include the New River Unit in Dublin, where asbestos continues to be a problem along with PCB's like Arachlor which were found saturating the soil in a building they demolished there a couple of years ago. This might have something to do with the PCB's found in fish tissues here in the New River....

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