Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

NORFOLK NAVAL BASE (SEWELLS POINT NAVAL COMPLEX)
NORFOLK, VA

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. For additional information click here.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

Groundwater is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, and dichloroethylenes. Public drinking water for the city of Norfolk is provided by the city's municipal surface water supplies. Soil and sediment samples from various sources indicate contamination from metals, VOCs and semi-VOCs, pesticides, and PCBs. For more information about the hazardous substances identified in this narrative summary, including general information regarding the effects of exposure to these substances on human health, please see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ToxFAQs. Link: ATSDR's Public Health Assessment.

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