U.S. Army Fort Ord Cleanup PUBLIC NOTICE: Superfund Proposed Plan Group 1 Munitions Response Areas: Seaside and Parker Flats (Phase II) Munitions Response Areas, Former Fort Ord
Tonight, September 27, 2017, the FORA ESCA Remediation Program (RP) will present the Army’s Proposed Plan for Group 1 – Seaside and Parker Flats Phase II Munitions Response Areas (MRAs).
The public meeting will be held from 6 PM – 8 PM at the Carpenters Union Hall in Marina, 910 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA 93933.
The Proposed Plan was published on September 15, 2017 and is available on the Army’s website (www.fortordcleanup.com) and the FORA ESCA RP website (www.foraescarp.com/docs-review). Hard copies of the Proposed Plan will also be available at tonight's public meeting.
The public comment period runs from September 15, 2017 through October 16, 2017. Instructions on how to comment on documents are located on the FORA ESCA RP website beneath the document link.
A copy of the Public Notice that was published in the Monterey Herald and Salinas Californian appears below.
U.S. Army Fort Ord Cleanup PUBLIC NOTICE: Superfund Proposed Plan – Group 1 Munitions Response Areas: Seaside and Parker Flats (Phase II) Munitions Response Areas, Former Fort Ord
The community is invited and encouraged to provide comments on the Army’s Proposed Plan for the Group 1 Munitions Response Areas (MRAs) during a 30-day public comment period from September 15 to October 16, 2017, and at a public meeting on September 27, 2017. The Group 1 Proposed Plan identifies the preferred remedial alternative of Land Use Controls (LUCs) for managing the risk to future land users from munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) that potentially remain in the Group 1 MRAs. The Proposed Plan gives a summary of the work that has been completed and cleanup decisions that are being proposed for the Group 1 MRAs, which include the Seaside MRA, and Parker Flats MRA Phase II. Public comment will be considered before any remedial actions are selected.
WHAT ARE THE GROUP 1 MUNITIONS RESPONSE AREAS?
The Seaside MRA and the Parker Flats MRA Phase II contain several Munitions Response Sites (MRSs) where military munitions were used during military training activities, and MEC removal actions have been completed. The Group 1 MRAs were transferred to the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) through the early transfer process. The Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study Report for the Group 1 MRAs was developed by FORA under the Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement (ESCA). The Seaside MRA encompasses approximately 474 acres and is located in the southwestern portion of the former Fort Ord. The Seaside MRA includes two planned reuses: residential reuse and non-residential development. The Parker Flats MRA Phase II encompasses approximately 482 acres and is located in the central portion of the former Fort Ord. The Parker Flats MRA Phase II includes three planned reuses: residential reuse, non-residential development, and habitat reserve.
WHAT IS PROPOSED?
Three remedial alternatives were evaluated for the Group 1 MRAs. The Preferred Remedial Alternative is LUCs. This alternative includes requirements for: 1) munitions recognition and safety training for people involved in intrusive activities; 2) construction support by unexploded ordnance (UXO)-qualified personnel during intrusive activities; 3) access management measures in areas designated for habitat reserve; 4) continuation of the existing residential use restriction in areas designated for non-residential reuse or for habitat reserve; and 5) restrictions against inconsistent uses (applicable to the habitat reserve areas). In addition to the above LUCs, Long- Term Management measures comprised of a deed notice and annual monitoring and reporting will be instituted. As required under the Superfund process the Army will review the sites every 5 years to determine whether LUCs, if selected as the remedial alternative, remain effective. The LUCs may be modified in the future based on the five-year review process.
HOW TO MAKE COMMENTS
Please send your written comments to the following address on or before October 16, 2017:
Department of the Army
Fort Ord Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Office
ATTN: William K. Collins
BRAC Environmental Coordinator
P.O. Box 5008, Monterey, CA 93944-5008
PUBLIC COMMENT MEETING
Oral and written comments will be accepted at a public meeting on September 27, 2017 at Carpenters Union Hall, 910 2nd Avenue, Marina, CA. Meeting time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Representatives of the Army, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and California Department of Toxic Substances Control will be at the meeting to answer questions and to accept public comments during the public comment period. Representatives of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority will also be available to answer questions.
The Army encourages the public to review the Proposed Plan and the documents that make up the Administrative Record to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the site and the Superfund activities that have been conducted. The location of the Administrative Record is at Building 4463, Gigling Road, Room 101, Ord Military Community.
FOR A COPY OF THE PROPOSED PLAN: Go to the News section of www.FortOrdCleanup.com
WHERE DO I FIND THE RESPONSES TO MY COMMENTS?
The Army will consider public comments that are received during the public comment period before any cleanup decision is made. The Army’s responses to public comments will be attached to the Record of Decision that will outline the approved cleanup decision. The community will be notified through newspaper advertisements when the Record of Decision is finalized and approved.