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Prior to 1995, Lockheed Martin operated a 158-acre facility in Burlington, Mass., where the corporation produced and tested electronics equipment.
- The site was sold to Sun Microsystems in 1997. The site is currently being redeveloped by Sun Microsystems as a corporate office site at 1 Network Drive in Burlington, MA.
- In the late 1970s, low levels of solvents were found in the standby water supply well of a nearby municipality.
- In response, RCA investigated the 1 Network Drive site and identified several sources of environmental impact as well as very low levels of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (solvents) in a groundwater plume located in the northwest portion of the site.
- RCA undertook a number of remedial actions beginning in the early 1980s. Lockheed Martin is now responsible for cleanup of the Network Drive site.
- Working with the community and Sun, Lockheed Martin developed and implemented a plan to address historical issues at the site. Sixteen Burlington residents requested the site be included as a Public Involvement Plan site under state law.
- Lockheed Martin developed and implemented a comprehensive outreach plan. All interested parties were given the opportunity to provide input and to have their suggestions addressed.
- This relationship had proved to be productive in developing solutions for the community, Sun Microsystems and Lockheed Martin.
- In June 2000, the Corporation's public involvement activities won a Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America for the work at this location.
Since assuming responsibility, all known sources of contamination have been removed from the site. These include:
- In 1997 and 1998, 7,266 tons of soil, piping, concrete, sediments, debris and scrap metal, storage tanks and 18,000 gallons of sludge were removed.
- In 1999-2000 a fuel oil spill in the soil and groundwater below and near the Baxter House, an old farmhouse on the site, was cleaned up using a biological treatment.
- In 2002 sediments contaminated with metals—primarily chromium, nickel, lead and zinc— were removed from the Central Brook area and disposed at a licensed facility. The metals are believed to have come from RCA’s photo lab.
- Because the levels of the solvents in the groundwater plume were so low, in 1998 Lockheed Martin proposed, and the MDEP agreed, that the groundwater at the site should be allowed to clean itself naturally, through the process of natural attenuation.
- No further active remediation was considered necessary.
PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PLAN
In 1998, responding to community concerns, Massachusetts designated the site as a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) site under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP).
- Working with the community and Sun Microsystems, Lockheed Martin developed and presented comprehensive remediation and outreach plans.
- All interested parties had the opportunity to provide input. At a public meeting in 2003 documents describing the cleanup of the different parts of the site and the Central Brook area were presented.
- The report for the groundwater plume noted that the contaminant levels in the plume are declining, and that when they diminish to the point where they meet drinking water standards.
- Lockheed Martin will submit a Response Action Outcome (RAO) statement, which will document that the site has met all cleanup requirements under the Massachusetts state rules.
- At that time an update will be provided to the Board of Health and the community to describe the results of the groundwater monitoring program.
- The initial expectation in 2003 was that groundwater might not meet drinking water standards for up to 35 years, and a monitoring program was put in place to track the progress of natural attenuation.
- Monitoring in later years revealed that the natural processes were proving more effective than anticipated, and that at the observed rate of reduction, the site’s groundwater may meet drinking water standards much sooner than originally projected, perhaps as soon as 2020.
In 2014 the MDEP expanded its regulations for protecting inhabitants of buildings from the invasion of contaminated vapors.
- The new regulations require evaluation of and protection from vapor intrusion (as needed) for buildings near groundwater plumes.
- In 2013, while the regulations were being drafted, a new building was constructed on Greenleaf Way in the Network Drive development.
- Even though the new building is greater than 15 feet vertically
and 30 feet horizontally from the groundwater plume, as a precaution Lockheed Martin and the new building owner installed a barrier beneath the building to block the movement of any chemical vapors into the building.
- An additional monitoring well was installed nearby to ensure
compliance with the new state standards. Groundwater in
and around the vicinity of the plume and all the buildings
continues to be sampled every November to ensure
progress of attenuation and compliance with the new
Late 1970s - Low levels of solvents were found in the standby water supply well of a nearby municipality
Early 1980's -RCA undertook a number of remedial actions
Prior to 1995 - Lockheed Martin operated a 158-acre facility
1997 -The site was sold to Sun Microsystems
1997 and 1998 - 7,266 tons of soil, piping, concrete, sediments, debris and scrap metal, storage tanks and 18,000 gallons of sludge were removed.
1998 - Lockheed Martin proposed, and the MDEP agreed, that the groundwater at the site should be allowed to clean itself naturally, through natural attenuation
1998 - Massachusetts designated the site as a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) site
1999-2000 - A fuel oil spill in the soil and groundwater below and near the Baxter House, was cleaned up.
2002 - Sediments were removed from the Central Brook area and disposed at a licensed facility.
June 2000 - Lockheed Martin's public involvement activities won a Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America
March 2003 - Phase IV Final Inspection Report and Completion Statement was completed
March 2003 - Partial Response Outcome Statement was completed
March 2003 - Phase V Monitoring Report and Remedy Operations Status Statement was completed
2003 - At a public meeting documents describing the cleanup of the different parts of the site and the Central Brook area were presented
2013 - A new building was constructed on Greenleaf Way in the Network Drive development.
2014 - MDEP expanded its regulations for protecting inhabitants of buildings from the invasion of contaminated vapors.
2020 - The site’s groundwater may meet drinking water standards much sooner than originally projected
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Mékell Mikell, Corporate Communications