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News | Oct. 20, 2020

Environmental cleanup efforts on DCSR discussed at virtual quarterly meeting

By Leon Moore DLA Aviation Public Affairs

Community members virtually attended the Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Richmond’s Environmental Cleanup Program quarterly Restoration Advisory Board meeting Oct. 19. These meetings have not been held in-person since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Hufford, environmental engineer with DLA’s Installation Environmental Office, opened the meeting by giving an update to several ongoing projects, including Defense Supply Center Richmond groundwater sampling, as well as updates on cleanup efforts at various locations on the installation.

James Spencer from the engineering firm Architecture, Engineering, Consulting, Operations, and Maintenance gave an update on Operable Unit 8, one of multiple sites monitored for contaminates by Hufford’s office. The area is roughly 200 yards inside the North Gate to Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia and runs along Road G, between North 4th and 5th streets.

Spencer’s update included remedial actions completed to date and planned remedy optimization activities.

“We are especially excited about the progress being made at Operable Unit 8,” said Jimmy Parrish, Environmental Management division chief. “Back in the Fall of 2014, our area of groundwater contamination within this area encompassed more than 22 acres. Thanks to the success of our combined efforts, this contamination had shrunk to 3.60 acres in the Fall of 2019.” 

DLA established a RAB for Defense Supply Center Richmond in January 2002 to provide a forum for the community involvement in the installations Environmental Cleanup Program.

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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, 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 RAB is scheduled for Apr. 12, 2021.