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Oceana was originally carved out of 328 acres of swampland in 1940 as an Auxiliary Airfield. Wartime growth pushed its status to a Naval Air Auxiliary Station on August 17, 1943 and by war's end the number of men and aircraft aboard had tripled. In 1952 Oceana was designated a Naval Air Station and the Master Jet Base concept was taking shape. By 1953 Oceana was an all-weather air station, and by 1957 it was officially designated a Master Jet Base. Today it is a complex with more than seven miles of runways and the latest equipment to serve military air traffic. It is manned by more than 14,600 military personnel, 2,000 civilians and is home to 18 fighter/attack squadrons flying the Navy's most advanced aircraft. 

Environmental Restoration History

A total of 60 SWMUs were recommended for study in the RCRA Consent Order issued by the USEPA in 1991. After reviewing the results of the 1991 Interim RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI), the Navy and EPA determined that only 19 Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs) required investigation under the RCRA consent order; the remainder of the RFA identified SWMUs are regulated under other federal and/or state programs 

Because of the proximity of four of the RFA SWMUs, they were consolidated into two; therefore, 17 SWMUs were included in the RFI under the consent order. 

The Consent Order specified four RCRA corrective action steps that would be required for the SWMUs. These were:

  • Interim Measures, including the preparation of a community relations plan and other plans for future work
  • The RFI
  • The Corrective Measures Study (CMS) to identify appropriate remediation technologies and approaches to remediate SWMUs that require cleanup.
  • A corrected measures implementation of the selected remedies


The SWMUs at the NASO can be grouped into no further action (NFA) or further action categories: 

Further Action SWMUs No Further Action SWMUs
  • SWMU 2B
  • SWMU 2C
  • SWMU 2E
  • SWMU 11*
  • SWMU 26*


  • SWMU 1
  • SWMU 2D
  • SWMU 16
  • SWMU 16GC
  • SWMU 18
  • SWMU 19
  • SWMU 20
  • SWMU 21
  • SWMU 22
  • SWMU 23
  • SWMU 25

*SWMUs recently identified for additional investigation due to the potential presence of emerging contaminants, specifically PFOA and PFOS. 


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