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MCLB serves as a maintenance depot and hosts formal training in maintenance and supply sources of various types for the Marines and Navy. The Site was listed on the NPL in November 21, 1989, for exceedances in the soil and groundwater media for contaminants commonly associated with maintenance operations such as Tetrachloroethene (PCE) and daughter products (Trichloroethene, and cis-1,2-Dichloroethene). The Site is divided into six Operable Units (OU6), where OU6 was designated specifically to address the contaminated groundwater. 

The Team inspected MCLB on October 17, 2018 and observed significant damages sustained specifically to OU1’s Evapotranspiration Cover (ET Cover). The ET Cover included the use of planted trees to reduce the infiltration of stormwater into the cover. The damages observed on the ET Cover specifically included approximately 35% of fallen trees and portions of the fencing surrounding the landfill.

The ET Cover itself which contains the contaminated groundwater and soil media remains protective and no human exposure impacts are not suspected. Furthermore, the Site is secure as only restrictive MCLB personnel can enter the OU1 area. The Navy is conducting a thorough assessment of the damages (number of fallen trees and condition of the groundwater monitoring wells) sustained from the hurricane and will provide the EPA with a report discussing the damages and necessary responses.

EPA NPL field teams have conducted a field assessment of this Site and determined that no related storm impacts or releases have occured as a result of Hurricane Florence.

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Public Participation Opportunities

EPA conducts a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices, public meetings and interviews on clean-up activities and other updates. 

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Community Resources

The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany site is an active federal facility. Today, MCLB Albany is one of seven commands under Marine Corps Installations East (headquartered in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina) and is the base for the Marine Corps Logistics Command and Maintenance Center Albany.

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