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Naval Research Laboratory, Chesapeake Bay Detachment

Environmental Restoration Program Public Website

PROPOSED REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN – FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT (JUNE 7 – JULY 6, 2024)

UXO-001 Hypervelocity Low-Pressure Gun Site

The Department of the Navy (Navy), with concurrence from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), recently completed a Focused Feasibility Study (FFS) to evaluate alternatives for a response action at the Unexploded Ordnance-001 (UXO-001) Hypervelocity Low-Pressure Gun (HVG) site at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Chesapeake Bay Detachment (CBD) in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland.

The Navy has prepared a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) to summarize the environmental investigation activities performed at UXO-001 to date and to provide a rationale for the preferred remedial (treatment) alternative for surface soil at the site. The PRAP was prepared in accordance with Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Contingency Plan.

The NRL-CBD facility encompasses more than 161 acres and includes UXO-001, the site of the former HVG, located near the western property boundary of NRL-CBD and comprises approximately 2.7 acres. The HVG was used between 1967 and 1995 to study the impact of high-velocity projectiles on various target materials. UXO-001 was designated an environmental site by the Navy in 2016 to address lead-impacted soil.

The FFS presents the evaluation of alternatives to remove lead-contaminated surface soil at UXO-001. As a result of the FFS, the Navy is proposing to excavate the lead-contaminated soil and transport it to an approved disposal facility. The excavated areas will be backfilled with clean fill to existing grade.

PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT: Public participation is an important part of the remedy selection process and the Navy’s preferred alternative may be modified based on new information and/or public comments. The Navy will finalize its plan, with MDE concurrence, after reviewing all comments received during the public comment period (June 7-July 6, 2024).

You can review the PRAP and the FFS in the links below:

  • The Proposed Remedial Action Plan is available for review here.

  • The Focused Feasibility Study is available for review here.

Comments should be submitted in writing by July 6, 2024 to:

Regina Adams, Public Affairs Officer
NAVFAC Washington
1314 Harwood Street, SE
Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20734
Email: NAVFAC_NFW_PUBLICAFFAIRSOFFICER@NAVY.MIL
(202) 685-0384

Based on sufficient public interest, a public meeting may be held during which the Navy and MDE will provide more information about the site and describe the alternatives evaluation process for UXO-001. Public comments on the PRAP, including the commenters’ names and addresses, will become a part of the Site Administrative Record, and the Navy will provide a response to comments. The final remedy for the UXO-001 HVG site will be selected only after the public comment period has ended and comments have been addressed.

Restoration Advisory Board

Next RAB Meeting:

Wednesday, October 23, 2024

Northeast Community Center
4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, MD

NRL-CBD’s RAB meets twice a year and meetings are open to the public.

For more information, please contact Regina Adams, NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs Officer, at 202-685-0384 or NAVFAC_NFW_PUBLICAFFAIRSOFFICE@navy.mil.

The NRL-CBD Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) is a vital link between the community and government decision-makers. The Navy and the appropriate regulatory agencies are responsible for making decisions about the Environmental Restoration (ER) Program. Part of the decision-making process is to consider comments from the public and respond to them.

The purpose of a RAB is to encourage regular, two-way communication between the Navy and the local community by:

  Informing the public regarding the progress of planned and ongoing restoration actions at the facility
  Communicating the results of investigations and risk assessments when available
  Receiving feedback from the public as to their specific concerns and information needs
•  Providing the public with the opportunity to comment on and participate in addressing technical decisions associated with ER sites at the facility

The RAB contains representatives from the Navy, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), local government officials, and community members. The NRL-CBD RAB was formed in December 2019. The RAB is co-chaired by an elected community member and a Navy representative. RAB members are considered a key source in efforts to communicate openly and effectively with the community at large. They are provided with information about the ER Program and their input on remediation decisions is actively sought.

The Community Involvement Plan describes the Navy’s community involvement program for environmental restoration.  

Information Repository

NRL-CBD environmental documents are available under the Administrative Record tab of this website.

Additionally, when documents are available for public review, they are placed at the information repository below:

Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch
4100 5th Street
North Beach, MD 20714
(410) 257-2411

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 12pm - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Closed Sunday

Public Meetings

Public meetings are typically held at the Northeast Community Center. Details of public meetings will be announced ahead of time. The Northeast Community Center is located at:

4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

For information on the next public meeting or previous meetings, please contact the Public Affairs Officer.

Previous Public Meeting Posters and Fact Sheets:

2019 August Public Meeting RAB Interest Posters
2018 October Public Meeting PFAS Posters
2018 October NRL-CBD Drinking Water Investigation Initial Results Fact Sheet
2018 July Public Meeting PFAS Posters
2018 June NRL-CBD Drinking Water Investigation Fact Sheet

Public Affairs Officer

The NAVFAC Public Affairs Office (PAO) for the ER program at NRL-CBD can be reached at the following address and phone number:

NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs Office
Attn: Regina Adams, Public Affairs Officer
1314 Harwood St.
Washington Navy Yard, D.C.
Phone: (202) 685-0384
regina.f.adams.civ@us.navy.mil

 

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