U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground-Before: A former open burning/open detonation and chemical warfare material disposal site showed signs of soil, groundwater, sediment, and surface water contamination. Personnel placed a sand/chitin mix into the pond as a sediment cover to act as a wetland buffer for plant nutrients, and to provide a food source for bacteria to break down contamination.
U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground-After: This green remedy realized a cost savings of over $1 million. This previously restricted 57 acre site is now available for mission training and testing. The success of the project was recognized by the Army Environmental Command and applauded by State and Federal government agencies.
Installation Restoration Program Updates
• DoD is working with other federal agencies to develop an approach to address complex ground water sites that effectively uses resources while protecting human health and the environment.
• To address complex groundwater sites, DoD is focusing on optimizing remedies and working with regulators, contractors, and other federal agencies to develop and implement strategies to address these sites.
• In November 2013, DoD participated in the Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable meeting. The focus of the meeting was the remaining challenges in groundwater cleanup, including strategies for completion at complex sites and emerging contaminants.