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HLRA Update, November 2022

NAS-JRB WILLOW GROVE RESTORATION ADVIORY BOARD MEETING

The next NAS-JRB Willow Grove Restoration Advisory Board meeting will be on December 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM. The meeting will be a combination in-person/‘virtual’ meeting open to the public.

The ‘in-person’ meeting will be held at the Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, PA. Pre-registration is required for the in-person meeting and must be done by November 21, 2022. Use the following link to pre-register: https://tinyurl.com/RABRSVP

The virtual RAB meeting will utilize a webinar tool known as WebEx. If you don’t have WebEx on your computer or mobile device, please allow time to download the application.

Here is the link for the virtual RAB meeting: https://tinyurl.com/WGDEC22

Further information about the RAB meeting will be available several days before the meeting at the following website: https://www.bracpmo.navy.mil/BRAC_bases/northeast/Former-Naval-Air-Station-Joint-Reserve-Base-Willow-Grove/meeting-material/

NAVY COMPLETES WORK AT LANDFILL SITES 3 AND 12

The Navy has completed the installation of protective soil caps over two former landfills at the former Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base (NAS-JRB) Willow Grove. Both Site 3 and Site 12 are located on the Horsham Road side of the base and were former landfills where wastes were buried. Site 3 was closed in 1967 and Site 12 was closed in 1960.

The Navy’s contractor finished the two foot thick protective soil cover as scheduled in September 2022. The purpose of the caps is to limit potential human contact with waste materials which were deposited when the base was operational and before environmental regulations were in place. Land use controls will be put in place to prevent damage of or intrusion into the soil cover system and to prevent disturbance of subsurface soils.

The Navy has also removed sediments from drainage ditches which were found to contain unacceptable levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The contaminated sediments were removed and placed under the protective soil caps.

The Navy’s environmental documents, including the Sites 3 and 12 Records of Decisions, are available at the following link: https://www.bracpmo.navy.mil/BRAC-Bases/Northeast/Former-Naval-Air-Station-Joint-Reserve-Base-Willow-Grove/Documents/