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MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND

Abstract

Site Name:  MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND
Address:  5TH STREET 
City & State:  QUANTICO  VA  22134
County:  PRINCE WILLIAM
 
EPA ID:  VA1170024722
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-97/093
ROD Date:  09/30/1997
Operable Unit(s):  04
 
Media:  Soil,Sediment(s)
 
Contaminant:  benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(g,h,i)perylene, dibenzo(a,h)anthracene, indeno(1,2,3-d)pyrene, aroclor, DDD, DDT, dieldrin, aluminum, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, manganese, thallium, vanadium.
 
Abstract:  The Marine Cops Combat Development Command (MCCDC) is a 60,000-acre Marine Corps installation located in Quantico, Virginia. It is currently bordered on the east by the Potomac River and on the west, north, and south by residential, park, farmland, and commercial properties. The installation is divided by Interstate 95 in two areas. This document covers the Site 4, Old Landfill; it is approximately 23 acres is size.The Old Landfill operated from 1920 until 1971. Wastes were typically burned prior to disposal in the landfill until the 1960s and included municipal refuse, construction and demolition debris, and wastes from base operations. Concurrent to and after landfill operations ceased, it was also used as a scrapyard. Items stored included drums containing waste fuels and solvents, transformers, and out of service military vehicles. There was also an area used as a transformer storage area. Transformers were opened and drained to recover the copper wire and steel casings. The fluid, containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), was drained directly onto the ground. Presently, the Old Landfill is partially covered with forest, open fields, paved and graveled areas, and is partially surrounded by a chain link fence.In 1980, a pipeline at the northern end of the landfill, owned by Plantation Pipeline Company, ruptured. Approximately 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the pipeline adjacent to the Old Landfill. The pipeline was repaired and remains in use. In 1982, a soil berm enclosure was constructed in the southeastern portion of the site for disposal of Potomac River dredge spoils. Due to its location in the river's floodplain, the project was halted before any spoils were placed in the enclosure. A cleanup was conducted at MCCDC Quantico from the fall of 1990 through late 1990 to remove PCB-contaminated soil from the scrapyard area and adjoining transformer storage area. In 1993, a violation notice forced immediate measures to eliminate further contamination from the Old Landfill; silt fences were installed, the blacktop area was scarified, surface water samples were monitored, additional studies were initiated, and an ecological assessment was initiated.
 
Remedy:  This remedy is an interim remedial action and addresses contaminated soils and sediments in and surrounding the drainage swale. The major components of the selected remedy include: institutional controls; consolidation of existing berms, demolition and off-site disposal of scrapyard buildings, and incorporation of scrapyard building foundations within the Old Landfill; excavation and off-site disposal of surface soil and drainage swale sediments contaminated with PCBs; permeable soil barrier layer installation covering 23 acres, and incorporation of flood control measures and shore protection; successful replacement and restoration of wetlands destroyed/impacted by the implementation of the remedy; operation and maintenance; and five-year reviews.
 
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