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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 Office500 City Hall Avenue 500 City Hall AvenuePoquoson, VA, 23662-1996 Poquoson, VA, 23662757-868-3060 757-868-3000The 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 MitchellU.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CENAB-PA2 Hopkins Plaza, 10-F-24Baltimore, MD 21203-1715410-962-7522Cynthia.Mitchell@usace.army.mil