The Army completed the 4th Five-Year Review of cleanup remedies for the Fort Ord Superfund Site in Monterey County, California, in September 2017. The purpose of the five-year review is to determine whether the remedy at a site continues to be protective of human health and the environment after a period of five years from the time the remedy was implemented (or from the time of a previous five-year review).
HISTORY AND REMEDY
The former Fort Ord Army base is adjacent to Monterey Bay in northwestern Monterey County, California. The former base consists of approximately 28,000 acres adjacent to the cities of Seaside, Sand City, Monterey, and Del Rey Oaks to the south and Marina to the north. Fort Ord served primarily as a training and staging facility for infantry troops beginning in 1917 until base closure in 1994. Activities conducted at the base (including industrial activities and military munitions training) have resulted in the identification of sites where hazardous substances and pollutants have been detected in soil and groundwater, and sites where munitions and explosives of concern were found or suspected. The Army has been conducting investigation and cleanup activities at the former Fort Ord under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (also known as CERCLA or Superfund) since 1990.
FINDINGS OF THE 4th FIVE-YEAR REVIEW REPORT
The remedies for all of the sites evaluated in the 4th Five-Year Review were deemed protective of human health and the environment or were expected to be protective upon completion. Potential exposure pathways that could result in unacceptable risks are being controlled. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concurred on the findings. The next five-year review is scheduled in 2022.
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