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News | July 18, 2016

DSCR environmental cleanup program discussed at RAB meeting

By Leon Moore DLA Aviation Public Affairs

Community members attended the Defense Logistics Agency Installation Support at Richmond’s Environmental Cleanup Program quarterly Restoration Advisory Board meeting July 11 at the Bensley Community Center in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

DLA established a RAB for Defense Supply Center Richmond in January 2002 to provide a forum for the community to be involved in DSCR’s environmental cleanup.

About two dozen people attended the meeting, including Defense Logistics Agency Installation Support at Richmond Site Director David Gibson.

David Hufford, environmental engineer with DLA Installation Support at Richmond’s Environmental Office, opened the meeting by giving an update to several ongoing projects, including groundwater sampling at DSCR; 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.

Jim Spencer, a DLA environmental contractor with AECOM, gave a more in-depth presentation on Operable Unit 6. He stated that thousands of gallons of emulsified vegetable oil were injected site wide in July and August of last year and that additional gravity feed EVO injections were completed last December and March of this year that addressed some hot spots that were not previously treated.   

“Our goal is to address this issue aggressively, evaluate the progress and look at any future actions that may be needed,” said Spencer.

Spencer said that post injection monitoring was performed last October, this past January, is currently ongoing. So far, the results of this monitoring shows evidence of decrease in the concentration of volatile organic compounds.

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.