The 27,827-acre Fort Ord site is located in Monterey County, California. It was established in 1917 by the U.S. Army as a maneuver area and field artillery target range. In 1991, Fort Ord was selected for decommissioning but the post did not formally close until 1994. Prior to closing in September 1994, the base's primary mission was training infantry military personnel.
EPA placed the site on the Superfund program�s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1990. The site contained leaking petroleum underground storage tanks, a 150-acre landfill used to dispose of residential waste and small amounts of commercial waste generated by the base, a former fire drill area, motor pool maintenance areas, small dumpsites, small arms target ranges, an 8,000-acre firing range and other limited areas that pose threats from unexploded ordnance.
Following initial actions to protect human health and the environment, site investigations and long-term cleanup activities are ongoing.