Jan 20, 2022, 12:26 pm

Griffiss Air Force Base Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) Site

EPA Identifier: NY4571924451
CERCLIS ID: NY4571924451
43.233331, -75.416661

Rome, NY

Final Date: 19870722

Aerial View Over Time

Create a radius report
Program Interests:

Site Summary:
Federal Register Notice:  July 22, 1987

Conditions at proposal (October 15, 1984): Griffiss Air Force Base occupies approximately 3,900 acres in the Mohawk River Valley in Oneida County in central New York State, approximately 2 miles northeast of Rome. The Mohawk River borders the main base on the west and south. Besides the main base, there are 11 annexes used for base support and research and development. Activated in 1942, the base is currently active with the 416th Bombardment Wing as host unit.

Hazardous wastes generated on the base are from support of the base mission and research and development activities. The sources include industrial shops and laboratories. The various wastes produced, including solvents and lead (from battery acids), were disposed of primarily in five landfills and six dry wells covering about 110 acres.

The Air Force has detected phenols, ethylbenzene, and benzene in ground water and toluene in surface water on the base. To date, no off-base wells have been closed due to contamination.

The base is participating in the Installation Restoration Program (IRP), established in 1978. Under this program, the Department of Defense seeks to identify, investigate, and clean up contamination from hazardous materials. The Air Force has completed Phase I (records search) and is conducting Phase II (verification and quantification).

Status (July 22, 1987): The Air Force has completed Phase II of the IRP and has also taken some remedial measures in a number of on-base areas. EPA is reviewing all IRP recommendations and will meet with the Air Force after completing the review to discuss the next phase of the IRP and negotiate an Interagency Agreement.

Within the boundaries of this Federal facility, there are areas subject to the Subtitle C corrective action authorities of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). However, no such areas were included in scoring this specific site. Therefore, this Federal facility site is being placed on the Federal section of the NPL under the NPL/RCRA policy announced on September 8, 1983 (48 FR 40662).