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With heritage operations dating back to the early 20th century, Lockheed Martin has built its success on long-standing innovation and business excellence as well as strategic acquisitions. Some of our operations conducted over the years, although compliant with relevant laws at the time, resulted in soil or groundwater contamination. Where remedial actions are warranted, Lockheed Martin has worked aggressively with regulatory agencies and the communities to remedy the effect of the contamination.
A few highlights of our recent remedial accomplishments include:
In Akron, Ohio, Lockheed Martin began cleaning up soil and sediment in a public area called Haley’s Run after it was determined that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) had been carried in rainwater from a heritage manufacturing facility for lighter-than-air aircraft. The area has been restored to include a natural stream, native vegetation and a public walking trail.
In New Hartford, New York, we celebrated the closeout of our remediation and restoration work at a septic tank service company site where industrial waste from a Lockheed Martin heritage company was disposed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Lockheed Martin removed more than 115,000 tons (3,200 truck loads) of contaminated dirt from a three-acre area. During cleanup, 300 trees were removed and 1,000 were planted which increased native vegetation and biodiversity at the site.
In Great Neck, New York, an offsite groundwater treatment system went into normal operations in 2009, treating more than 500 gallons per minute. New monitoring wells were constructed to provide advance warning of potential impacts to nearby public water supply wells.
Near Baltimore, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is conducting environmental investigations and developing cleanup plans at its Middle River Complex and the Martin State Airport, two locations affected by former operations at the site. The corporation has worked closely with local government officials and civic associations to incorporate community input into the cleanup solutions.
We seek green and sustainable remediation solutions consistent with achieving efficient cleanup and closure. For example, a traditional groundwater treatment system typically runs continuously and has a high energy demand. However, at our Sand Lake Road Complex in Orlando, Florida, a solar powered remediation system was installed in 2010 and operates only during daylight hours. In addition to saving approximately $6,000 per year in energy costs, the design team was able to save approximately $240,000 in electrical installation and equipment purchase costs.