News | Jan. 22, 2016

First RAB meeting of 2016 held

By Bonnie Koenig DLA Aviation Public Affairs

Community members attended the Defense Logistics Agency Installation Support at Richmond’s environmental cleanup program quarterly Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting January 11 at the Bensley Community Center in Chesterfield County.

DLA Installation Support at Richmond's environmental office conducted the quarterly RAB meeting and provided program updates on groundwater testing results and remediation activities for operable units on center.

DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Allan Day attended and met with community members to listen to and discuss the evaluation and cleanup updates given by the environmental office. At the RAB meeting held in April, 2015, Brig. Gen. Day said we will continue to be transparent and keep communications open. “We are all here to do the right thing,” he said.

Approximately 23 people attended the one-and- a half hour meeting in January. David Hufford, an environmental engineer with DLA Installation Support at Richmond’s Environmental Office co-chairs the RAB with community member Janet Moe. Hufford welcomed everyone and began with Defense Supply Center Richmond Cleanup Program update, followed by a technical presentation on OU8 Fall results by AECOM contractor, Jim Spencer, project manager and Ethan Weikel, senior geologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore district.

The meeting began with project updates on groundwater sampling at DSCR which included OU’s 6, 7 and 8. Hufford reported scheduled sampling of OUs 6 and 7 will be conducted in March/April timeframe and a quarterly sampling of OU8 will be conduct late in January.

Other topics included: update on OU6 site status of the groundwater impacted from the open storage area, land-fill area, and the National Guard area. Hufford reported there will be a vapor intrusion evaluation in NG area in January, supplemental injections are planned for some time in the Spring of 2016, and quarterly remedy performance evaluations are ongoing. In the OU7 site additional injections are currently ongoing in plume 1 of the groundwater impacted from the fire training area.

Spencer continued with a presentation of the new groundwater sampling reports from the October sampling.

Spencer said the change in the results were not significant. “The well testing results along Strathmore Road and the Northern fence line remain at low-levels,” he said. He continued by showing aerial comparison maps of the areas of concern and pointed out the treatment areas which show progress in elimination in several areas.

Weikel presented information, to the community, on the OU8 bioremediation treatment locations. He said the intent is to treat the higher concentration areas where they are, meaning to not move them around by disturbance of any kind. He said low concentration areas will be treated by recirculating with water cleaning processes. Weikel said around March they will make injections and sampling will be conducted in June.

The environmental team addressed questions from the community, adjourned, and announced the next meeting will be held April 11, 2016, and is open to the public.