The United States Navy Announces the Availability of the Second Five-Year Review for Former Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (NWIRP) in Bedford, Massachusetts

On May 8th, at a Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting held at the Town Center Building, representatives from the Navy presented the current status of ongoing soil and groundwater monitoring and remediation at the former Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (NWIRP) in Bedford to Bedford residents, Town Staff, and representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This periodic RAB meeting was held in anticipation of release of the Navy’s second Five-Year Review (FYR) for environmental restoration activities at the former NWIRP. The properties where remedial activities are ongoing is located adjacent to and across Hartwell Road from Hanscom Field. This five-year review includes two sites, Site 3 and Site 4, where remedial activities have been ongoing since September 2009 and any areas where site-related contaminants remain at levels above those that would allow for unrestricted use.  A third site known as the Southern Flight Test Area (SFTA) that was administratively added to Site 3 was also included in this review.  The FYR concluded that all remedies selected for NWIRP Bedford have been implemented and are currently protective of human health and the environment.  However, the second FYR also identified follow-up environmental restoration actions that will completed by the Navy to ensure the future long-term protectiveness of the Site 3 remedy. The FYR follows EPA guidelines under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). EPA provided the Navy its concurrence with the review’s conclusions on September 25, 2019. Details on where to find and review the full report can be found in the attached announcement.