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EPA Sets June 27, 2011 for Public Hearing on Proposed Remedies for Radford Army Ammunition Plant

Release Date: 06/23/2011
Contact Information: Donna Heron 215-814-5113 or heron.donna@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA ( June 23, 2011) On Monday, June 27, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting followed by a public hearing for members of the community on the proposed remedies for cleaning up the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP).

The remedies are outlined in the Corrective Action Statement of Basis (SB) and EPA will present information and answer questions from the community on the SB during the public meeting. During the formal public hearing, which will immediate follow, the community will be able to offer oral comments.

The public comment period opened May 25 and runs through July 25, 2011 so anyone who does not provide oral comments at the public hearing can still submit written comments to the EPA on the 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 SB 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.

The public meeting and hearing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, Christiansburg Branch, 125 Sheltman Road, Christiansburg, Va., 24073, (540) 382-6965. The library also serves as the local repository of documents related to the clean up at RAAP. The SB
and permit are available at the regional library and on EPA’s website throughout the comment period.

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 either be submitted at the hearing or in writing via U.S. mail, fax, or e-mail to the EPA Project Manager and must be postmarked no later than July 25, 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.

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

For more information on RAAP go to: http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/npl/VA1210020730.htm or http://www.radfordaapirp.org/comminv/RAB.htm