Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD – Feb. 10th.,  In accordance with the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River invites public comment on the Non-Time-Critical Removal Action (NTCRA) at Environmental Restoration (ER) Program Site 21 – Sludge Drying Beds. Public comment begins on February 9, 2017 and closes on March 10, 2017. The objective of the NTCRA at Site 21 is to remove buried mercury associated debris and constituents in soil to a level acceptable for human health and the environment.

The Navy has prepared an Engineering Estimate/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) for the NTCRA to address environmental concerns at Site 21. The Navy intends to remediate Site 21 by excavation and offsite disposal, post-excavation confirmatory sampling of soil, and site restoration.

The public is encouraged to comment on this EE/CA. The NTCRA for Site 21 will be implemented only after the public comment period has ended. An alternative removal action may be selected only after all comments have been received from the public. The EE/CA and all other relevant environmental documents for Site 21 are available for review at either of the following repositories:

Naval Air Station Patuxent River Library 

22269 Cedar Point Road, Building 407

Patuxent River, MD 20629

(301) 342-1927

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

St. Mary’s County Public Library  Lexington Park Branch 

21677 FDR Boulevard 

Lexington Park, MD 20653

(301) 863-8188

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Comments may be written and mailed (postmarked by the closing date of March 16, 2017) to any of the following points of contact:

Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs Officer Attn: Patrick Gordon 22268 Cedar Point Road PAO Building 409, Room 209 Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154

U.S. EPA Region III Attn: Mr. S. Andrew Sochanski Hazardous Site Cleanup Division 3HS11 1650 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Maryland Department of the Environment Attn: Mr. Rick Grills Federal Facilities Division Hazardous Waste Program 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 645 Baltimore, MD 21230-1719

For further information, contact the Public Affairs Officer at 301-757-3343 between  the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays