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Superfund Site Report: FORMER NANSEMOND ORDNANCE DEPOT
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway

    Conditions at Proposal (January 19, 1999): The Former Nanse mond Ordnance Depot (NOD) is located on a former 975-acre U.S. mi litary facility at the northwestern end of State Route 135. The former NOD property was bordered to the west by the Nansemond Riv er, to the north by the James River (Hampton Roads), to the east by Streeter Creek, and to the south by commercial and light indus trial areas. Portions of the former NOD property are currently o ccupied by the Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College ( TCC), General Electric Company, and Dominion Lands, Inc. EPA's S uperfund Program currently maintains an interest in releases from the seven waste sources listed below and in other selected areas of concern. The facility was obtained by the United States Army between 1917 and 1929, and was known as Pig Point Ordnance Depot until 19 29. During World Wars I and II and the intervening years, the de pot was used for various activities related to the preparation, p rocessing, storage, shipment, salvage, reconditioning, and dispos al of ammunition. It was apparently used after World War II in d emobilization, including dumping explosives, ammunition, and chem icals. The depot was operated by the Navy as the Marine Corps Suppl y Forwarding Annex from 1950 to 1960, when it was declared excess . The Beazley Foundation operated a private boys military academ y at the site from 1960 to 1968.  More...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    In the Spring of 1987, it was found that bulk explosives, munitions, shells, and other ordnance items, both spent and unexploded, had been disposed of by the Department of Defense (DoD) in a 2- to 3-acre area adjacent to College Drive on TCC property. A confirmation study of this area, hereafter referred to as the "TCC Removal Area", was conducted in June and July, 1987, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program. This study showed the presence of ordnance and ordnance-related materials, including 19 live munitions, numerous grenades, and a slab of crystalline 2,4,6-TRINITROTOLUENE (TNT) estimated to weigh several tons. Between November, 1988, and February, 1989, the following materials were removed from the Removal Area: 4,400 pounds of boosters, 260 pounds of bulk explosives, 1,360 pounds of munitions/miscellaneous ordnance, and 30,275 pounds of contaminated soil. USACE conducted additional field work in the removal area between November, 1989, and February, 1991, as part of a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS).  More...


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    1,2,4-TRICHLOROBENZENE    X
    2,4,6-TRINITROTOLUENEXX   
    ACENAPHTHENE X   
    ACENAPHTHYLENE X   
    ALUMINUM    X
    ALUMINUM COMPOUNDS    X
    ANTHRACENE X   
    ANTIMONY X   
    ANTIMONY COMPOUNDS X   
    BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENE X   
    BENZO(K)FLUORANTHENE X   
    BERYLLIUM X   
    BERYLLIUM COMPOUNDS X   
    COBALT X   
    COBALT COMPOUNDS X   
    COPPER X   
    COPPER COMPOUNDS X   
    DIBENZOFURAN X   
    DICHLOROBROMOMETHANE    X
    DICHLOROETHANE    X
    DINITROBENZENEX    
    DINITROTOLUENE (MIXED ISOMERS)    X
    FLUORENE X   
    IRON X   
    MAGNESIUM X   
    MANGANESE X   
    MANGANESE COMPOUNDS X   
    MERCURY X   
    NICKEL X   
    NICKEL COMPOUNDS X   
    PHENANTHRENE X   
    PYRENE X   
    THALLIUM X   
    THALLIUM COMPOUNDS X   
    VANADIUM    X
    VANADIUM COMPOUNDS    X
    ZINC X   
    ZINC COMPOUNDS X   


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
     
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for FORMER NANSEMOND ORDNANCE DEPOT:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

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    Surface water migration:
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    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., VIRGINIA, or in SUFFOLK (CITY) County by EPA Hazard Ranking Scores.

    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: FORMER NANSEMOND ORDNANCE DEPOT
    EPA ID: VAD123933426
    Address: STATE RTE 135
    SUFFOLK, VA 23434
    Other Names: NANSEMOND ORDNANCE DEPOT
      NANSEMOND RIVER ORDNANCE DEPOT
      TIDEWATER COM. COL. FREDERICK CAMPUS
      TIDEWATER TNT SITE
    Site Ownership: State Owned
    Category of Site: Military Related
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: July 22, 1999
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the FORMER NANSEMOND ORDNANCE DEPOT Superfund site.
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