MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND
On this page:
- What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?
- What Is the Current Site Status?
- EPA’s Involvement at the Site
- Operable Units (opens new page)
- Cleanup Progress (opens new page)
The Marine Corps Combat Development Command site (MCCDC) is a 56,000-acre military training facility that overlaps areas in Prince William, Northern Stafford, and Eastern Fauquier counties. The base is located in Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River. MCCDC is bordered by Prince William Forest Park to the north and the Potomac River to the east. The western and southern portions of the base include residential areas. Operations began at MCCDC in 1917, when the Department of Defense established a new Marine training camp. A large expansion in the size of the facility occurred in 1943. The MCCDC prepares Marine Corps officers for general combat by providing them with an understanding of technical operations and by performing research and development on military equipment. Park to the north and the Potomac River to the east. The western and southern portions of the base include residential areas. Operations began at MCCDC in 1917, when the Department of Defense established a new Marine training camp. A large expansion in the size of the facility occurred in 1943. The MCCDC prepares Marine Corps officers for general combat by providing them with an understanding of technical operations and by performing research and development on military equipment.
What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?
The site is being addressed through federal actions.
Removal actions were completed for the following sites, followed by No action or No Further Action (NFA) Records of Decision (RODs): Camp Barrett Disposal Area, Camp Goettge Disposal Area, Camp Upshur Disposal Area, Smith Lake Road Cleared Area, Pesticide Control Building, TBS Northwest Training Area, Building 4 Accumulation Area, Golf Course Maintenance Area, Old Batch Plant and the Former Rifle Range.
EPA has conducted several five-year reviews of the remedies at the site. These reviews ensure that the remedies put in place protect public health and the environment, and function as intended by site decision documents. The most recent review concluded that response actions at the site are in accordance with the remedies selected by EPA and that the remedies for
construction complete sites are protective of human health and the environment. For sites with remedies under construction, the remedies are expected to be protective of human health and the environment upon completion.
What Is the Current Site Status?
The EPA and the Navy entered into a Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) to conduct studies and to examine ways to conduct clean up at the Marine Corps Combat and Development Command. As a result, a total of 213 potential sites were identified for further consideration and 15 sites have been identified since the FFA was signed giving a total of 228 sites requiring studies. As of January 2012, 219 sites have been investigated and closed with either consensus agreements or Record of Decisions.
Ongoing site work includes:
Lunga Recreational Area - The Navy has completed 99% of the TEMTADS field work having scanned 14,162 of the 14,336 anomalies. The work plan for the RI (OU35) is currently being reviewed by EPA. Action Memo has been signed for the Time Critical Removal Action for the drum removal at (OU27). The removal action work plan is currently being reviewed by EPA. The TCRA for the drum removal is planned to begin this winter.
Old Landfill - A Interim Record of Decision (ROD) was signed in September 1997 and a Final ROD was signed in November 2007. This decision includes: Land Use Controls, Groundwater Use Restrictions, and Groundwater monitoring to confirm that contaminants are not moving off-site at unacceptable levels. The final Long-Term Monitoring Plan for this site was finalized February 2008. The Draft 3rd LTM is currently being reviewed by EPA.
Building 2101 Paint Boot Sump - An Action ROD was signed September 30, 2008 for ORC Treatment, Institutional Control and Long-Term Monitoring. A Time Critical Removal Action was conducted in FY12 to remove munitions and explosives of concern to a depth of 2 feet. Land use control measures are currently being developed for this site.
Quantico Embayment and Southern Wetlands - The Record of Decision was signed in September 2011. The selected remedies include: a Habitat Enhancement Cap; Institutional Controls; Dredging and Off-Site Disposal; Monitored Natural Recovery and statutory 5-Year Reviews. The remedial action was completed for the Southern Wetlands and the Remedial Action Completing Report was signed in September 2014.
Chopawamsic Creek - The Record of Decision was signed in September 2011. The selected remedy includes: Monitored Natural Recovery, Land Use Controls and statutory 5-Year Reviews.
Abrahams Creek - EPA has review the Draft Treatability Study, Cap Materials Report and expect the final document in January 2015.
B-2113 UG Tank Loading/Unloading Area (SWMU M-13) - The Record of Decision was signed in September 2014 for bioremediation.
Removal Actions have been completed for the following sites, followed by No action or NFA RODs.
Camp Barrett Disposal Area
Camp Goettge Disposal Area
Camp Upshur Disposal Area
Smith Lake Road Cleared Area
Pesticide Control Building
TBS Northwest Training Area
Building 4 Accumulation Area
Golf Course Maintenance Area
Old Batch Plant
Former Rifle Range
EPA’s Involvement at the Site
This site is being addressed by the Navy with EPA providing consultation and oversite in a long-term remedial phase focusing on the cleanup of the entire site. A total of 228 potential sites have been identified and prioritized, and are being systematically investigated. Investigations were initiated in 1998, and are scheduled to continue into the 2020's. These investigations range from a Desk Top Audit, to Desk Top Audit With Sampling, to Site Screening Process that utilized limited and focused investigations to determine if comprehensive RIs are required. The investigations range in scope from file reviews and visual inspections to the collection of multimedia environmental samples. Human health and risk screening criteria are used as the primary decision making mechanisms in this process.
A removal action was completed in March 1994 at the Pesticide Burial Area and a NFA ROD was signed in October 2000. A PCB removal action was completed in 1992 and a sediment control removal action was completed in January 1994 at the Old Landfill. An interim remedial action was completed at the Old Landfill which includes a hot spot excavation, slope stabilization and construction of a two foot soil barrier layer. A final ROD was signed in November 2007 for NFA. A PCB removal action was completed in 1992 at the Old Batch Plant A removal action addressing contaminated sediment was completed in 2005. Two NFA RODs were signed for this site,(October 2000, July 2007). Removal Actions have also been completed at Camp Barrett Disposal Area, Camp Goettge Disposal Area, Camp Upshur Disposal Area, Smith Lake Road Cleared Area, Pesticide Control Building, TBS Northwest Training Area, Building 4 Accumulation Area and the Golf Course Maintenance Area. A NFA ROD for these sites was signed in July 2008.
During cleanup, a site can be divided into a number of distinct areas depending on its complexity. These areas, called operable units (OUs), may address geographic areas, specific problems, or areas where a specific action is required. Examples of typical operable units include construction of a groundwater pump and treatment system or construction of a cap over a landfill.