Stage of Clean-up: Remedial Assessment Not Begun
The McGuire Air Force Base #1 site (MAFB) is an active facil ity that occupies more than 3,500 acres in a rural area of Burlin gton County, New Jersey. The base is bordered to the north by the community of Wrightstown, and to the east, south, and west by the U.S. Army's Fort Dix military installation. MAFB is located w ithin the boundaries of the Pinelands National Reserve. The Pine lands are classified as Federal Land designated for the Protectio n of Natural Ecosystems. The primary source for both community and private drinking water supplies in the vicinity of the site is ground water obtained from the various aquifers comprising the A tlantic Coastal Plain. There are two major drainage divides on s ite, and several streams to which surface runoff is directed. An extensive system of wetlands is found along both major surface w ater drainage pathways. MAFB originated in 1937 as an adjunct to the U.S. Army Train ing Center at Fort Dix and functioned under control of the U.S. A rmy until 1948, when jurisdiction over the facility was transferr ed to the U.S. Air Force. Past activities at MAFB in support of operational missions created a number of waste sources of potenti al environmental concern. In 1982, the U.S. Air Force completed Phase I of the Installation Restoration Program investigation "t o identify, confirm/quantify, and remediate problems caused by pa st management of hazardous wastes" at the base. More...