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JPG will officially be closed on 30 September 1995. The closure of JPG means the discontinuation of operations in preparation for realignment to Yuma Proving Ground (Yuma) in Arizona. The closure activity is taking placed in a phased manner from 1991 to 1995. The disposal of JPG involves three interrelated activities: the NU.S. EPA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process; development of a disposal plan; and development of a community reuse plan. The first two items are the responsibility of the U.S. Army. The third is the responsibility of the JPG Regional Development Board (JPGRDB), an agency created by the State of Indiana for the purpose of developing a plan for reuse and redevelopment of the installation. The Preliminary Draft EIS on Reuse and Disposal of JPG was completed on November 3, 1993. The availability of the draft EIS for public review is currently scheduled for June 1994 and a Record of Decision (ROD) for EIS is scheduled for December 1994. The JPGRDB has contracted for the development of JPG's Community Reuse Plan with a projected issue date of July 1994. To date, property disposal has not occurred at JPG. Future property disposals as JPG may potentially include federal transfer, competitive public sale, and no-cost public benefit conveyance to the local community.
Several reports regarding various environmental aspects of JPG have been written over the years. These reports served to provide environmental baseline information and pinpointed areas that require further environmental investigation and/or cleanup.
The Final Draft Remedial Investigation Report for the portion of JPG located south of the firing line was submitted to regulators for review on July 18, 1994. This report was contracted and managed by the Army Environmental Center on behalf of JPG. The report addresses approximately 50 sites which were previously identified as areas requiring environmental evaluation. IDEM forwarded comments on the Final Draft Remedial Investigation on September 16, 1994. IDEM, U.S. EPA, JPG personnel, and the Army Environmental Center (AEC) participated in a meeting October 12-13,1994, in Chicago (U.S. EPA Region V headquarters) to discuss regulators comments and the Army's responses.
IDEM received the Army's Comment Response Package (CRP) which addresses regulatory comments to the Draft Remedial Investigation for the area south of the firing line. IDEM completed their review and provided comments on the Army's CRP December 22, 1994. A meeting to discuss JPG RI data quality was conducted on May 12,1995. The Agenda included:
As a follow up to this meeting IDEM chemistry staff visited Seattle to oversee the validation of the data at Ecochem. Ecochem is the Army's contractor for data validation.
Two public meeting were conducted the last week of April to discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and the Depleted Uranium EIS. IDEM forwarded comments on the Draft EIS on May 23, 1995. A BCT meeting was conducted on July, 18, 1995, to discuss site activities. IDEM has recently received and began review Technical Memorandum for No Further Action for sites 22 and 23, Version II of the BRAC Cleanup Plan, and the plan of Action for Voluntary removal actions.
On October 2, 1995, IDEM staff received and began review of the Phase II RI Draft Field Sampling Plan, Draft Facility-Wide QAPP, and Draft Health and Safety Plan.
On October 3, 1995, IDEM staff provided comments on the Scope of Work for UXO Survey South of the Firing Line.
IDEM staff has coordinated with JPG and various IDEM offices concerning mercury contamination in the Waste Water Treatment System.
On October 6, 1995, IDEM staff received and began review of the Data Quality Assessment Summary. Completed review and provided comments for Tech Memo's for No Further action for Sites 11, 17, 20A, 32, 43, 48, and 50.
On October 27, 1995 received and began review of Final EIS.
On November 1, 1995, received and began review of Version II of the BRAC Cleanup Plan.
On November 11, participated in a Restoration Advisory Board discussing the Final EIS.
On December 11, received and began review on the Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for Building 108 and 216.
On January 11, completed review and provided comments on RI Phase II QAPP.
Completed review and provided comments on Technical Memorandum's for NFA for Sites 18, 19, 24, 35, 36, 37, 40, 41, and 44.
On January 24, conducted a meeting to resolve outstanding CERFA issues at IDEM's office in Indianapolis.
Participated in a RAB Meeting on 2/22/96.
Participated in a meeting in Chicago to discuss unresolved Phase II comments and the Interim Measures Work Plan on 3/19-20.
Attended UXO FORUM 1996 held in Williamsburg, VA. The objective of the Forum was to draw together a diverse, worldwide audience to exchange information related to UXO issues.
On April 18, completed review and provided comments on the Interim Measures Work Plan and Field Sampling Plan for Sites 3, 4, 7, 8, 14, 15, 26, 28, 29, and 42. In late April participated in numerous conference calls and meetings with U.S. EPA and Army staff concerning removal of UXO on a 100 acre parcel south of the firing line.
On May 7, participated in a RAB meeting held in Madison, IN.
On May 28, completed review and provided comments on mercury removal report at sewage plant treatment system.
On June 6, participated in a RCRA security inspection.
On June 18, participated in a BCT meeting held in Indianapolis.
On June 24, completed review and provided comments on the Final Containment FOSL.