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Public Information

The Army holds quarterly Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meetings to update the public on the status of the cleanup. Information on the next quarterly meeting is below. Please come join us.

** Please note RAB Meeting scheduled for May 14th, 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. **

Contact

Please contact the Army BRAC Environmental Coordinator, Bob Simeone, at robert.j.simeone.civ@mail.mil or 978.615.6090 if you would like to view or request a document or have any additional questions on the environmental cleanup.

Former Fort Devens Environmental Cleanup

Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, otherwise known as CERCLA or Superfund, the former Fort Devens (Devens) was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) on December 21, 1989, because of environmental contamination at several locations.

The contamination at Devens is associated with historic underground storage tanks/fuel depots and contaminated soils containing petroleum products and chemicals. Since its placement on the NPL, the Army BRAC Environmental Restoration Program has cleaned up numerous contaminated sites and transferred 4,000 acres of Former Fort Devens for property reuse and redevelopment.

The remaining cleanup sites include ongoing groundwater remediation at the former Moore Army Airfield and the former Shepley's Hill Landfill in addition to the long-term groundwater monitoring at four historic petroleum contaminated sites.

In 2016, the Army initiated the Superfund process to evaluate the emerging contaminants known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, which were detected in groundwater and in the municipal water supply wells for Devens and the Town of Ayer. The remedial investigation and cleanup of PFAS at Former Fort Devens is the focus of information available on this web site.

History

Camp Devens was established in 1917 as a temporary training area for soldiers during World War I. In 1932, the site was named Fort Devens and made a permanent installation with the primary mission of commanding, training, and providing logistical support for non-divisional troop units. Fort Devens was used for a variety of training missions between 1917 and 1990. Pursuant to the CERCLA, Fort Devens was placed on the National Priorities List on November 21, 1989, due to environmental contamination at several sites.

Fort Devens was identified for cessation of operations and closure under Public Law 101-510, the Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act of 1990, and officially closed in March 1996.

As part of the Devens BRAC program, portions of the property formerly occupied by Devens were retained by the U.S. Army (Army) for reserve forces training and renamed the Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (DRFTA). Areas not retained as part of the DRFTA were transferred to new owners, the Massachusetts Development and Finance Agency (MassDevelopment), U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for reuse and redevelopment. In 2009, the DRFTA was renamed the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens.

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