Superfund Site Profile
The Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren (NSWC) site is located 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River in King George County, Virginia. This 4,300-acre naval facility, established in 1918, conducts research, development, testing and evaluation of surface ship weaponry. Activities at Main Side, a 2,678-acre area, include air operations, ordnance testing, laboratory testing, computer facilities, administrative offices and residences. The Explosive Experimental Area (EEA) is an isolated testing range covering 1,614 acres. Historical operations and disposal activities contaminated soil, groundwater and sediment. Cleanups are complete at some sites within NSWC. Operation and maintenance activities at these sites are ongoing. Investigations and remedy selection activities are ongoing at the remaining sites.