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Posted on: July 5, 2018

Public Comment Period on the Proposed Plan for Plum Tree Island

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The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Announces a Public Comment period on the Proposed Plan for the Plum Tree Island Range Poquoson, Virginia

Please join us for Public Meetings on July 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM at the  Poquoson City Council Chambers, 500 City Hall Avenue, Poquoson, Virginia

The  U.S.  Army,  Corps of Engineers  (USACE)  and  the  Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, in accordance with Section 300.430(f)(3) of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan and Section 117(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), announces  a public comment period, from July 9, 2018 through August 17, 2018, for the Proposed Plan for the Plum Tree Island Range (PTI) in Poquoson,  Virginia.  This document  is available for public review at the following locations:

Poquoson Public Library                       Poquoson City Manager’s Office
500 City Hall Avenue                                500 City Hall Avenue
Poquoson, VA, 23662-1996                   Poquoson, VA, 23662
757-868-3060                                              757-868-3000

The document is also available here.

The USACE will conduct the public meeting on July 26, 2018 to review the Proposed Plan which identifies the Preferred Remedial Alternatives for the PTI.   Identified  in this Proposed Plan are the options for addressing the  Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) and recommended approaches.   Written and/or oral comments on the Proposed Plan will be accepted at this meeting.

The  PTI  Range  consists  of  approximately  3,276 acres  of  salt  marsh situated on the southwestern corner of the Chesapeake Bay, adjacent to York County and within the City of Poquoson, Virginia. The PTI Range was split into eight separate Munitions Response Sites (MRSs) to aid in managing the cleanup including: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) owned land MRSs (Northern Bomb Cluster, Central Target Area, Southeast Target Area and, Refuge Land Buffer); a privately owned land MRS (Non-Refuge Land Buffer); and, Commonwealth of Virginia  water  MRSs (Low  Probability  FUDS  Water  Buffer,  High Probability Shallow Water Buffer, and High Probability Deep Water Buffer).

The recommended alternative to address MEC at the Northern Bomb Cluster and Central Target Area, is Land Alternative 3 – Surface MEC Removal and Institutional Controls. This remedy is recommended for these sites because they are known target areas and MEC has been confirmed to be present.

The recommended alternative to address MEC at the Southeast Target Area MRS is Land Alternative 5 – Shoreline Surface MEC Removal and Institutional Controls. There is a high probability for MEC present and the shoreline is relatively accessible.

The  recommended alternative to address MEC at the Refuge Land Buffer MRS and the Non-Refuge Land Buffer MRS is Land Alternative 2 – Institutional Controls. These MRSs do not contain areas where MEC are likely to be concentrated.

The recommended alternative to address MEC at the Low Probability FUDS Water Buffer MRS is Water Alternative 2 – Institutional Controls. The MRS does not contain areas where MEC are concentrated.

The recommended alternative to address MEC at the High Probability Shallow Water Buffer and High Probability Deep Water Buffer MRSs is Water Alternative  4  – Exposed  MEC  Removal  and  ICs. These MRSs are adjacent to the Southeast Target Area where most of the bombing  targets  were  located,  and  contain  a  significant  amount  of metallic debris.

Please provide written comments  to the address below by August 17, 2018.

Cynthia Mitchell
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CENAB-PA
2 Hopkins Plaza, 10-F-24
Baltimore, MD 21203-1715
410-962-7522
Cynthia.Mitchell@usace.army.mil

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