The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday declared that 46 acres at the former McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif., do not require any additional cleanup, opening up land south and east of the airfield to commercial and industrial uses.
EPA’s record of decision is the fourth the agency has issued for properties conveyed from the Air Force to McClellan Business Park LLC under the early transfer process. Under a privatization process begun in 2007, the Air Force is transferring property and cleanup responsibility at the installation — along with funding for the initiative — to the local redevelopment authority with oversight from EPA, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Central Valley Water Quality Control Board.
The Air Force retains the responsibility for cleanup of contamination in the groundwater and in soils deeper than 15 feet, including low-level radioactive contaminants.
The acreage covered by last week’s announcement is a mix of bare land and land with buildings, parallel to Roseville Road south of the main runway. It had been used for aircraft repair and testing, and fuel storage and distribution, reported the Sacramento Business Journal.
“Any time a component of the cleanup is complete, it is huge. It’s a good day,” said Alan Hersh, senior vice president of environmental and operations with McClellan Park.
Cleanup of the 3,452-acre base is ahead of schedule, Hersh said. What was expected to be at least a 50-year effort may end up being completed in the next decade, according to the story. EPA listed McClellan as a Superfund site in 1987.