DSCR Environmental Cleanup Program discussed at RAB meeting

By Leon Moore DLA Aviation Public Affairs

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Community members attended the Defense Logistics Agency Installation Operations Richmond’s Environmental Cleanup Program quarterly Restoration Advisory Board meeting July 9 at the Bensley Community Center in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

About a dozen people attended the meeting.

David Hufford, environmental engineer, Environmental Office, DLA Installation Operations Richmond, gave an update to several ongoing projects, including groundwater sampling at Defense Supply Center Richmond; Operable Unit 6: groundwater impacted from the open storage, landfill, and National Guard areas; Operable Unit 7: groundwater impacted from the fire training area; and Operable Unit 8: groundwater impacted by former acid neutralization pit operations.

Hufford said DLA established a RAB for DSCR back in January 2002 to provide a forum for the community to be involved in DSCR’s environmental cleanup.

He said when it was created, there was a great deal of anxiety and misunderstandings within the community.

“This is a way to keep the channels of communications open between us and the community. We want them to know if they have any questions, we are here to give them an answer,” Hufford said.

As an advisory board, the RAB makes suggestions, recommendations and comments on issues concerning investigations and remediation activities. It is made up of local citizens, DLA representatives, business groups and personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality and Chesterfield County. The RAB is co-chaired by a DSCR representative and a community representative.

The next meeting will be held Oct. 17 at the Bensley Community Center and is open to the public.