The Department of the Navy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3, with concurrence from the Maryland Department of the Environment, are beginning a 5-year review of existing Record of Decision documents and ongoing remedial/environmental cleanup actions here.

The Navy will submit draft findings of the 5-year review to the EPA and MDE in May, and the final report will be available to the public in December.

A 5-year review is required by Section 121 of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for remedial actions which result in any hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants remaining at a site at levels that do not allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure. The purpose of the 5-year review is to ensure these remedial actions are providing adequate protection of human health and the environment.

The 5-year review will contain information on the following sites:

  • Site 1, the Fishing Point landfill;

  • Site 12, Operable Units 1 and 2, the landfill behind the rifle range;

  • Site 6/6A, Operable Unit 1, the bone yard site;

  • Site 11 Operable Units 1 and 2, the former and current sanitary landfills;

  • Site 17, Operable Units 1 and 2, the pesticide shop in building 841; and

  • Site 39, the storage area for Waste Tetrachloroethene (PCE) in building 503.

Community members who have questions or information about the effectiveness of the remedies that would help the review team are encouraged to contact the Naval Air Station Public Affairs Officer:

Connie Hempel – NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs

22268 Cedar Point Road Building 409, Room 204

Patuxent River, MD 20670-1154

(301) 757-6748