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Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

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EPA ID: GA7170023694
Location: Albany, Dougherty County, GA
Lat/Long: 31.557210, -084.055000
Congressional District: 02
NPL Status: Proposed: 07/14/89; Final: 11/21/89
Affected Media: Ground water, Sediment, Soil
Cleanup Status: Cleanup activities are underway
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Ground water Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Active Federal Facility
Site Manager: Lila Llamas (llamas.lila@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany is an active U.S. Marine Corps installation. The Marine Corps is a branch of the U.S. Navy. The installation provides facilities, infrastructure and tailored support services to help commands at the installation accomplish their assigned missions. EPA placed MCLB Albany on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989. The Navy, EPA and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Georgia EPD) have investigated conditions and taken steps to clean up the installation in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Contamination at the installation is not a threat to local residents and businesses. The Navy is conducting an optimization study to improve current cleanup efforts. By conducting ongoing studies and monitoring and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, the Navy, EPA and Georgia EPD continue to protect people and the environment from contamination.

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Site Location and Background

MCLB Albany covers 3,579 acres and is located along Fleming Road in Dougherty County, Georgia.

MCLB Albany currently serves as a military logistics center, controlling the acquisition, storage, maintenance and distribution of combat and support material for the Marine Corps. The installation supports a range of land uses, including residential, commercial and industrial uses. Orchards, forestland and wetlands are also located on the installation. Surrounding land uses include residential and commercial uses, agricultural areas and recreational open space.

The federal government commissioned the installation in 1952 as the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies. In 1976, the federal government re-designated the depot as the Marine Corps Logistics Support Base Atlantic and later renamed it MCLB Albany.

Today, MCLB Albany is one of seven commands under Marine Corps Installations East (headquartered in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina) and is the base for the Marine Corps Logistics Command and Maintenance Center Albany.

Contamination identified at MCLB Albany is the result of landfill operations from the 1950s through the mid-1980s, spills and leaks from industrial operations and piping, and leaking polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) transformers. Landfills, spills and leaks from industrial operations and piping have contaminated ground water underneath the installation.

In 1989, EPA placed the installation on the NPL.

See map (PDF) (3 pg, 356K, About PDF).

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contaminants of concern in soil include chromium, cadmium, lead, PCBs and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Contaminants of concern in ground water include tetrachloroethylene (also known as PCE or PERC), trichloroethylene, dichloroethylene and carbon tetrachloride.

The Navy has provided residences located next to the installation and downhill from a contaminated ground water plume with alternative water supplies.

Contamination at the installation is not a threat to local residents and businesses (i.e., human exposure is under control).

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The Navy leads the investigation and cleanup of the site, with oversight provided by EPA and Georgia EPD.

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Site Cleanup Plan

Investigations and cleanup activities have focused on six areas, which EPA refers to as operable units, or OUs.

These OUs include 26 Potential Sources of Contamination, or PSCs.

See map of PSC locations (PDF) (3 pg, 356K, About PDF).)

The Navy and EPA have issued a series of cleanup plans (Records of Decision, or RODs) for different parts of the installation.

Cleanup activities selected in the 1997 ROD for OU-1 included:

View photographs of PSC 1, PSC 3 and PSC 26.

Cleanup activities selected in the 1996 ROD for OU-2 included “no action” for the Area Behind Small Bore & Pistol Range (PSC 11).

Cleanup activities selected in the 1997 ROD for OU-3 included:

See photographs of PSC 16.

Cleanup activities selected in the 1999 ROD for OU-4 included “no action” in the Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Area (PSC 12), the Treatment Plant Pipeline (PSC 13) and the DMA Storage Area (PSC 22). The plan also called for land use controls in the Industrial Discharge Drainage Area (PSC 6).

View photographs of PSC 12, PSC 22 and PSC 6.

Cleanup activities selected in the 1997 ROD for OU-5 included:

The Navy and EPA issued the cleanup plan (ROD) for OU-6 in 2001. The cleanup primarily addressed three areas of ground water contamination (plumes): Northern Plume Area (PSCs 1, 3 and 26), DMA Area (PSCs 10, 12, 13 and 22), and Warehouse Disposal Area (PSC 4).

See map of PSC locations in OU-6 (PDF) (3 pg, 356K, About PDF).

See photographs PSC-4

The plan included the following activities for the DMA Area: The plan included the following activities for PSC 4 Area:

In 2005, the Navy and EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) for OU-6. The ESD:

The Navy and EPA are considering issuing another ESD for OU-6 to clarify the parts of the installation subject to OU-6 cleanup actions.

Summaries of other OUs and selected cleanup approaches are available online in site RODs and Five-Year Reviews.

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Cleanup Progress

Overview

The Navy initiated cleanup activities at MCLB Albany between 1995 and 2010. In addition to these Superfund cleanup activities, the Navy has undertaken various actions under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, including removing sludge drying beds at the MCLB Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant. Monitoring activities and the implementation of land use controls are ongoing.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

Disposal and Industrial Areas (OUs 1-5)

The Navy has completed cleanup activities required by RODs for OUs 1-5. From 1995 to 2000, the Navy conducted several smaller-scale cleanup actions, or removals, to remove soil and ground water contamination in OU-1 and OU-4. Land use controls selected for OUs 1, 3 and 4 remain in place and prevent unacceptable levels of exposure to contaminants remaining on site.

Base-wide Ground Water Contamination (OU-6)

Cleanup activities required by the OU-6 ROD and ESD are underway. The Navy completed most of the physical cleanup work by 2006. Monitoring is ongoing. The Navy started installing the ET cover for PSC 3 in 2006 and completed the project in 2010. This was the Navy’s final cleanup action for MCLB Albany. Vegetation monitoring is ongoing. Land use controls selected for OU-6 remain in place and prevent unacceptable levels of exposure to contaminants remaining on site.

Conclusion

The installation’s second Five-Year Review, completed in 2006, found that the Navy properly implemented cleanup actions for OUs 1-5 and that the cleanup approach for OU-6 (Base-wide Ground Water Contamination) would, once completed, protect people and the environment from remaining site contamination.

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Enforcement Activities

For many years, EPA has been working with its federal and state partners to clean up the installation. In 1991, the Navy, EPA and the State of Georgia signed a Federal Facilities Agreement (FFA) for MCLB Albany. The FFA helps ensure that the parties fully investigate environmental impacts associated with past and present activities at the installation and undertake and complete appropriate cleanup actions.

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Community Involvement

EPA  has worked with the community and its state and federal partners to develop a long-term cleanup plan for MCLB Albany, reflecting the Agency’s commitment to safe, healthy communities and environmental protection. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.

EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities at MCLB Albany to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public notices, interviews and public meetings.

EPA awarded a Technical Assistance Grant to a group based in the nearby Ramsey Road neighborhood in 2003.

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Future Work

The Navy is conducting an optimization study to improve current cleanup efforts.

The Navy is performing cleanup activities for OU-6.

The Navy will continue to monitor ground water contamination.

The Navy will continue to make sure land use controls remain effective.

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Additional Information

EPA keeps additional site documents and information in a site information repository at the location below. EPA also posts site documents, when available, on EPA’s CERCLIS Site Profile page. For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.

Site Repository

Dougherty County Public Library
300 Pine Avenue
Albany, Georgia  31701

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