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Navy announces Sept. 20 public meeting and public comment period for environmental cleanup plan

FALLBROOK – The Department of the Navy is announcing a public meeting and a public review and comment period for the Proposed Plan to clean up a waste disposal site at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Detachment, Fallbrook, California.

The cleanup site, known as IRP Site 34b, is approximately 9 acres and is located within the north-central portion of the base. The site is not accessible to the public.

IRP Site 34b was reportedly used as a disposal or burial area for dunnage (packing materials used for shipping products) from 1942 until 1978. Disposal material included dunnage and other waste such as scrap metal, wood pallets, and glass waste from the installation.

Based on a detailed evaluation of alternatives, the Navy recommends Alternative 3 – Excavation and Off-site Disposal – to remove historical waste and impacted soil from the target treatment zones at IRP Site 34b.

The Proposed Plan documenting the Navy’s approach to excavate and conduct off-site disposal of wastes is available for review at http://www.navfac.navy.mil/FallbrookNWS.

The Navy will accept public comments on the plan during a 30-day comment period held from Sept. 8 through Oct. 9. Written comments should be postmarked no later than Oct. 9 and mailed to the Public Affairs Officer, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, 800 Seal Beach Boulevard, Seal Beach, California 90740. Emailed comments may also be submitted to [email protected] by Oct. 9.

A public meeting to discuss the plan will be held on Sept. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane, Fallbrook. Subject matter experts will also be available to answer any questions.

For more information, contact the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs Office at 562-626-7215.

Submitted by the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Public Affairs Office.

 

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