By Fort Detrick Public Affairs OfficeMarch 26, 2009
Efforts are underway at Fort Detrick to complete
restoration actions at several former Area B disposal sites. For the next few
months, contractors will be on site constructing impermeable caps over the
former disposal areas.
Beginning March 30, 2009, local construction vehicles will begin delivering fill dirt
to soil stockpiles in Area B. Working with the contractor, Fort Detrick officials
have developed a traffic pattern which will allow the construction vehicles to
operate on a loop utilizing Rosemont Ave, Montevue Lane, Shookstown Road
and a small segment of Kemp Lane. The intent of the designed traffic pattern is
to alleviate traffic concerns during peak hours and to reduce the amount of dirt
and dust that could occur as a result of the number of vehicles.
Fort Detrick expects an estimated 135 trucks per day will be delivering soil to
Area B through the beginning of June. The trucks will be hauling more than
100,000 tons of fill dirt and topsoil that will be used to construct the caps. The
caps are designed to provide an impermeable barrier that prevents rainwater
from leaching contamination from the disposal areas into groundwater.
With the completion of the caps, 41 of 42 identified restoration sites will have
been closed or have a remedy in place. Investigation and cleanup activities at
the last open site, Area B groundwater, are still ongoing. The Army is working
closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of
the Environment to develop the work plans necessary to complete restoration of
the Area B groundwater in a safe and timely manner.
The Army is committed to keeping Fort Detrick and the neighboring communities
safe. The Army continues to work closely with EPA and state regulatory
agencies, and will maintain an ongoing dialog with the local community through
Restoration Advisory Board meetings. RAB meetings are held to keep the public
informed and involved in Fort Detrick's restoration activities and provide
opportunities for public involvement in its environmental restoration program.
For more information, go to the Fort Detrick Environmental Management web page