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EPA Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Remedies for Radford Army Ammunition Plant

Release Date: 07/07/2011
Contact Information: Donna Heron 215-814-5113 or heron.donna@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA ( July 7, 2011) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period until Aug. 31 on the proposed remedies for cleaning up the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP).

The public comment period, which opened May 25, was originally scheduled to close July 25. But residents requested additional time to comment on the proposed remedies that are outlined in the Corrective Action Statement of Basis (SB).

After the comment period closes, EPA will review and publicly respond to substantive comments received in writing and at the public hearing. Based on the comments received, the EPA may revise the proposed remedies.

The Statement of Basis outlines the proposed remedies for Solid Waste Management Units being investigated and remediated at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant which are being addressed under EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action Program. The SB also summarizes the corrective action activities completed to date.

Corrective action is an EPA program designed to investigate and guide the remediation of contamination from hazardous waste management spills or releases into the environment. These releases of hazardous waste and/or hazardous constituents are the result of past or present activities at facilities regulated under RCRA. EPA’s corrective action authority allows the agency to incorporate investigation and clean up requirements at facilities such as RAAP.

Written comments should be submitted to Erich Weissbart, U.S. EPA Project Manager, Mail Code 3LC50, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029 or via fax: 215-814-3113, or e-mail: weissbart.erich@epa.gov. All comments must be submitted in writing no later than August 31, 2011. Those being submitted U.S. mail, fax, or e-mail must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2011.

A final decision regarding the selected remedies proposed for the facility will not be made until the public comment period has closed and all comments have been evaluated and addressed.

The SB, documents and other information relating to the investigation and remediation/clean up of the RAAP can be found at: The Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, Christiansburg Branch, 125 Sheltman Road, Christiansburg VA 24073, (540) 382-6965; and on the internet.

To view the SB go to: http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/publicnotice-pdf/RAAP_SB.pdf

For more information on the RAAP go to: http://www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/ca/va/webpages/va1210020730.html or
http://www.radfordaapirp.org/comminv/RAB.htm .