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69A Hagood Ave
Charleston, SC 29405
CESAC-PM@sac.usace.army.mil

Call the Charleston District - 866.329.8187

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Formerly Used Defense Sites

The Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for environmental restoration of properties that were formerly owned by, leased to or otherwise possessed by the United States and under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Defense. Such properties are known as Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS). The Army is the executive agent for the program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages and directs the program's administration. The scope and magnitude of the FUDS program are significant, with more than 10,000 properties identified for potential inclusion in the program. Information about the origin and extent of contamination, land transfer issues, past and present property ownership, and program policies must be evaluated before DoD considers a property eligible for Defense Environment Restoration Account (DERA) funding under the FUDS program. Environmental cleanup at FUDS properties is conducted in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

Charleston District FUDS Projects:

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This project consists of a formerly used World War II Army Infantry Replacement Training Center, which consisted of two general areas: a series of firing ranges, and a troop housing area with attached administrative headquarters.  The current land usage is 7,088 acres for Camp Croft State Park, 4,936 acres for farming, 256 acres for private industry, and 6,764 acres for residential development.  Thirty-four (34) live ordnance items and 722 pounds of ordnance scrap were removed in the Ordnance Operable Unit 3 (OOU3) area.

Between 1942 and 1947, several Army Air Fields (AAFs) and Army Air Bases (AAB) used the former Conway BGR for bombing practice using various types of practice ordnances. The former Conway BGR encompasses approximately 55,854 acres in Horry County, South Carolina, immediately southeast of Conway, South Carolina. The former Conway BGR consists of several munitions response sites (MRSs).  A remedial action consisting of public education (brochures and signage) has been implemented for one MRS in the northeastern portion (Longs, SC) of the Conway BGR.  A feasibility study (FS) is currently being prepared for three MRS including one MRS in the northeastern portion and two MRs in the southern portion of the Conway BGR.  The FS will conduct an evaluation of potential remedial alternatives for these MRS to address possible risks associated with military munitions. No Department of Defense risks associated military munitions have been identified for the remaining MRS at the Conway BGR.

The site was first developed as the Greenville Army Air Force Base in 1943. After World War II, the base was closed and later reopened as the Global Headquarters of the Military Air Transport Command (MATS).  In 1951, the Greenville Air Force Base became Donaldson Air Force Base. In the 1960's MATS was relocated to Savannah, Georgia. In 1963, the Site reverted to Greenville City and county ownership. There are projects at the Site concerning landfills, groundwater contamination, and former underground storage tank (UST) sites. Four former landfills and an aircraft wash area comprise one project. A remedial action has been completed for this project which consisted of installation of additional soil cover for the former landfills and periodic groundwater monitoring is being conducted. A former waste disposal area comprises another project.  An interim removal action removed the waste material.  Currently, a remedial investigation is being conducted to evaluate possible groundwater contamination.  Several former UST sites comprise another project.  An investigation is currently being conducted for one of the former UST sites and corrective action will be implemented to address groundwater contamination at several other UST sites.

The former Stark Army Hospital was located in North Charleston, South Carolina, approximately 6.25 miles northwest of Charleston.  The site was used by the United States Army as an active hospital and rehabilitation center during World War 2 from 1941 through 1945.  A remedial investigation is currently being conducted to evaluate chlorinated solvents in the groundwater.

Public Notice Information for Potential Restoration Advisory Board

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is requesting feedback to determine interest in establishing a Restoration Advisory Board for the individual Formerly Used Defense Sites located in SC. The RAB is one of many methods the USACE may use to facilitate public participation at a Formerly Used Defense Site.

The Department of Defense encourages community involvement in the environmental restoration process. RABs provide a collaborative forum for the community, government agencies, tribes and installation decision makers to discuss and identify the most efficient and productive means to restore the environment. RAB members are asked to meet regularly to review and comment on technical documents and plans relating to the ongoing environmental studies and restoration activities at the sites. Members will be expected to serve as liaisons with the community and be available to meet with community members and groups. RAB members serve as volunteers and provide individual advice to decision makers on environmental restoration plans for their site.

The Corps is requesting public feedback regarding interest in establishing a RAB for the FUDS in South Carolina no later than July 15, 2020. Feedback should be submitted to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ray Livermore 
69 Darlington Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403
OR
Raymond.R.Livermore@usace.army.mil