United States Army, Engineering Proving Ground
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EPA Project Manager
Ms. Barbara Smith
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
1650 Arch Street MS 3LC20
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-5786
VA DEQ Project Manager
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
In 2012, construction was completed on the Fairfax County Parkway, which was built on 170 acres of the Engineer Proving Ground (EPG), now known as the North Area (NA). The Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs) 26, 27 and the Former Aboveground test Tank Site (FATTS) were located in the Parkway Right of Way (ROW) and the environmental investigations and remediation of these Units were completed prior to construction. Ordnance and explosives clearance in 2004 cleared the ROW of anomalies such as mine fuses, mortars and scrap metal. The primary contaminants of concern were petroleum hydrocarbons from product releases. Institutional controls and groundwater monitoring are part of the ROW long term remedy.
Ft. Belvoir has completed environmental investigations for most of Units and Areas of Concern identified under RCRA Corrective Action as Ordered by EPA's 2005 Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) proceeding under Section 3013. The UAO will be closed out in 2015 and the remedy activities for the Units requiring clean-up are moving forward using the CERCLA process.
The Engineer Proving Ground (EPG) is now known as the North Area (NA) and is part of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Belvoir, located in Fairfax County, Virginia, 14 miles south of Washington, DC. The NA is an 804-acre tract located 1.5 miles from the Installation's Main Post. The NA is bounded on the east by Interstate 95. Commercial and residential properties border NA to the north, west, and south. The U.S. Army acquired the EPG in the early 1940s and used it as a testing and engineer training site. The testing and training included deployment, detection and neutralization of land mines.
In September 2, 2005 EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order under Section 3013 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to investigate contamination at the NA. Forty four SWMUs and 21 Areas of Concerns were identified at NA. Almost all have been addressed with no further actions, completions or have moved into the remedial phase.
- Contaminants identified in soil and groundwater include petroleum hydrocarbons, Royal Demolition Explosive (RDX), RDX break-down chemicals, metals and tetrachloroethylene.
The Installation's Master Plan contains the Land Use Controls used to notify, manage and protect areas where remnants of contamination remain.
Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 6 pages, 21 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF,8 pages, 23 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
Virginia DEQ Central Office
Mr. Brett Fischer
Department of Environmental Quality
Commonwealth of Virginia
10501 Trade Court
Richmond, VA 23236-3713
Phone: (804) 698-4219
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the VA DEQ Project Manager : Brett Fischer (804)-698-4219 or EPA Project Manager: Ms. Barbara Smith (215) 814-5786.