SUFFOLK, Va. — Restoration efforts at the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot, or FNOD, remains an ongoing priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Community members can learn more about the Formerly Used Defense Site here and latest clean-up progress during the project’s quarterly Restoration Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, March 6, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Courtyard Marriott located at 8060 Harbour View Boulevard in Suffolk, Va.
The Corps will discuss current areas of interest, which include:
. Shoreline Munitions and Explosives of Concern Update
· Status of Horseshoe Pond, Impregnite Kit Area, and Area of Concern (AOC) 22
. Proposed Plans and Record of Decisions
. AOC 11 (Track H & I Magazine Line) Feasibility Study Supplemental Field Investigation
The quarterly RAB meetings serve as a public forum for the Corps’ remediation progress at the 975-acre defense depot, located near the former Tidewater Community College Portsmouth campus. During the meetings, RAB members ask questions and provide input on proposed work plans and restoration efforts to an interagency project team consisting of the Corps, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The project’s restoration advisory board, or RAB, are local stakeholders that include community members, local businesses, local and state officials, a representative of the Tidewater Community College Real Estate Foundation, FNOD property owners, and interagency project team members from the Corps, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA.
The Corps encourages community members to attend and ask questions during the meeting.
All FNOD quarterly meetings and applications for RAB membership are open to the public.
The Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot became a matter of public concern when a piece of crystalline TNT was found at the Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth Campus 1987. This initiated extensive historical research, investigations, testing and removal actions. As a result of these findings, in 1999 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency placed this site on the National Priority List.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, manages the FUDS project at the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot. Project support is also provided by the Huntsville District (the Corps’ center for expertise on ordnance-related issues), and the Norfolk District for other restoration efforts.