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Address:  BLDG #28 
City & State:  FORT BENJAMIN HARRISON  IN  46216
County:  MARION
EPA ID:  IN4210090003
EPA Region:  05
NPL Status:  Not on the NPL
Non-NPL Status:  Other Cleanup Activity: Federal Facility-Lead Cleanup
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-99/517
ROD Date:  03/14/1999
Operable Unit(s):  00
Abstract:  The former Fort Benjamin Harrison (FBH) was created by an act of Congress on March 30, 1903. The installation was established as an infantry regiment post. Over the years it served as a training camp, induction and reception center, and was home to several Army schools, disciplinary barracks, a hospital, and a prisoner-of-war camp. In 1950, FBH became the Army Finance Center. In 1980, FBH was reorganized as the U.S. Army Soldier Support Center (USASSC) responsible for personnel support, including finance, religion, legal aid, music, public affairs, morale, welfare, and recreation. USASSC housed five major tenants, including the Defense Finance and Accounting Service - Indianapolis Center, the Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, Hawley Army Community Hospital, Readiness Group Harrison, and the 123rd Army Reserve Command.

In 1991 FBH was placed on the Department of Defense base closure list. As a result of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program for FBH, environmental studies were conducted to address releases or suspected releases of hazardous substances. An Enhanced Preliminary Assessment (PA) (Weston 1992), conducted in 1991, identified areas of concern requiring environmental evaluation and determined any immediate necessary actions.

In 1994, the FBH BRAC Cleanup Team (BCT) was formed. Consisting of the FBH BRAC Environmental Coordinator, a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region V, and a representative of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the BCT provides a means for the Army, EPA and IDEM to cooperate in the planning and oversight of the BRAC environmental program at FBH. The BCT concurred with the Army's proposed plan to pursue no further action at the seven NFA sites.

The EI at FBH, completed in 1997, investigated the environmental media - soil, surface water, and groundwater - at sites identified in the enhanced PA. (The EI was conducted in two phases, beginning with Phase I.) The Phase I EI concluded that seven EI sites required no further action (HLA 1995). This decision is documented in the Proposed Plan (SAIC 1996) dated November 1996. This ROD formally approves the recommendation for no further action at the seven Phase I NFA sites.
Remedy:  No further action is the selected remedy for the seven No Further Action (NFA) sites discussed in this Record of Decision (ROD). This alternative assumes that any institutional controls will be discontinued at the NFA sites. There will be no security guards or fences to exclude intruders. Warning signs are not required, and each property can be transferred for use consistent with the Fort Harrison re-use plan.

Estimated Capital Cost: Not Documented
Estimated Annual O&M Costs: Not Documented
Estimated Present Worth Costs: Not Documented
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