NWIRP Construction in Hartwell Hill Area ~ Environmental Clean-up Continues

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Notice of construction activities for Navy’s continuation of cleanup actions at former Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (NWIRP) in Bedford, Massachusetts

Construction activities specific to the ongoing environmental cleanup activities for the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) at the former Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (NWIRP) Bedford, Massachusetts at Site 3 (Chlorinated Solvent Groundwater Plume) are scheduled to resume in late June 2021 through September 2021. Construction activities include modification of the Groundwater Extraction and Treatment System and the installation of new monitoring wells.  Work hours will be limited from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Truck traffic is anticipated to occur during off-peak hours (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for equipment deliveries.

The Groundwater Extraction and Treatment System in place at the former NWIRP Bedford, to treat and contain the chlorinated solvent groundwater plume, will be shut down for five weeks to modify the treatment system to include treatment of 1,4-dioxane present in groundwater.  A temporary treatment system on a tractor-trailer will be delivered mid-to-late June to treat the groundwater during the temporary shut down.

The construction to modify the Groundwater Extraction and Treatment System to treat 1,4-dioxane present in groundwater will be conducted indoors.  Construction will begin in late June and will span approximately five weeks until completion.

Additional monitoring wells are being installed to monitor the chlorinated solvent groundwater plume at Site 3.  The monitoring wells will be installed in the central, southern, and eastern portions of the Navy property.  Well installation will resume in early July 2021 and will extend into August/September 2021.

A Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) public meeting to update the community on the ongoing environmental cleanup activities for the ERP sites at the former NWIRP Bedford is expected to occur during Fall 2021.

Notice of the RAB meeting will be advertised closer to the date in local newspapers (The Bedford Citizen, Bedford Minuteman, and Lexington Minuteman), posted on the Town of Bedford Events Calendar, and listed on the NWIRP Bedford ERP public website at https://go.usa.gov/x6Ksr.

Current RAB members will be notified via email and will receive monthly field updates during these construction and field events.

If anyone wishes to become a RAB member so they can be contacted directly regarding future field events and RAB meetings, please send your contact info to the Navy’s Public Affairs Officer (PAO) email or address shown below.

Reports on environmental actions are made available to the public through the Navy’s Administrative Record (AR) file for the former NWIRP Bedford.  The AR file contains data and documentation supporting past site decisions regarding the Navy’s ERP cleanup of former NWIRP Bedford.  The AR file is available electronically at https://go.usa.gov/x6Ksr, under “Community Outreach.”

For those with no internet and/or computer access, a copy of the AR file is kept in the “AR File CD Binder,” updated yearly and made available at the Bedford Free Public Library at 7 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730.

For questions, please contact:

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command,
Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
9324 Virginia Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23511-3095

PAO Phone: (757) 341-1410/11 or email: NAVFAC_ML_PAO@navy.mil