A public comment period is open until July 6 to seek public comments on a draft permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for a facility to manage hazardous waste and two Statements of Basis about proposed remedies for site-wide corrective action, located on the Fort Belvoir facility.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir is the permit applicant for the permit name and number, Hazardous Waste Management Permit for Storage and Corrective Action; EPA ID No. VA7213720082.

Fort Belvoir applied for a renewal permit on April 21, 2014, to operate a facility that manages hazardous waste. One hazardous waste management unit is permitted, known as HWMU 1490, which is Building 1490 that stores hazardous waste in containers. The permit also includes RCRA site-wide corrective action activities, where Fort Belvoir may be required to submit various plans, studies, and reports in accordance with a project management plan and schedule requirements approved by DEQ and EPA Region 3.

DEQ has prepared a Statement of Basis dated October 20, 2014, on its proposed final remedies for 192 Solid Waste Management Units, which include either No Further Action, No Further Action with Administrative Closure, or Land Use Controls and a second SB dated October 31, 2014, on its proposed final remedies for 5 SWMUs designated as A-05, A-08, A-09, A-11, and A-12, that have completed Corrective Measures Studies on the Fort Belvoir facility. The draft permit will allow the facility to continue to operate Building 1490, the hazardous waste storage facility, and implement RCRA site-wide corrective action activities.

DEQ accepts comments by hand delivery, e-mail, fax, or postal mail. Comments must include the name, address and phone number of the person commenting and be received by DEQ within the comment period. The public may also write to the contact person at the address below to be added to the facility mailing list. The public also may request a public hearing. To request a public hearing, the request must be in writing; must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing; and must be made within the public comment period. The public may review the draft permit, fact sheet and application at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre Drive, Alexandria, VA 22315 or the DEQ Northern Regional Office at 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, VA 22193. Copies of the permit documents are also available at DEQ Office of Waste Permitting, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

The contact for public comments, document requests and additional information is:

Angela J. Alonso, Environmental Specialist II, DEQ Office of Waste Permitting & Compliance, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218; 804-698-4328, fax, 804-698-4234, Angela.Alonso@deq.virginia.gov.