andrews air force base


Joint Base Andrews (JBA) Naval Air Facility Washington formerly Andrews Air Force Base (AAFB) is an active U.S. Department of Defense facility that occupies about 4,360 acres of land in Camp Springs, Prince George's County, Maryland, about 5 miles southeast of Washington, DC. AAFB was established as the Camp Springs Army Air Field in 1942 and became AAFB in 1947. AAFB serves as the headquarters of the 11th Wing and is host to about 50 tenant units. AAFB supports worldwide airlift support operations for the President of the United States and other high-ranking domestic and foreign dignitaries, and supports the flight operations of more than 100 aircraft. The Air Force (AF), EPA, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), and Prince George's County health Department (PGCHD) in July 2001, identified 73 sites or areas of concern to be investigated under Superfund. Of these, the AF previously identified 23 sites and 11 Areas of Concern (AOCs). EPA and the Air Force have identified 16 sites that require a RI/FS and six are part of the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) that require investigation as part of the (FFA) or Interagency Agreement (IAG). Lead and numerous semi-volatile organic compounds have been detected historically at significantly elevated concentrations in Piscataway Creek. Lead was documented in Piscataway Creek at concentrations above the Ambient Water Quality Criteria in 1993. Surface water migration pathway targeted wetlands, a fishery in Piscataway Creek downstream of AAFB, migratory runs of anadromous fish, and an area of critical state concern. Shallow groundwater is contaminated with volatile organic compounds at several sites. Some have remedies in place through issuance of a record of decision (ROD) while other are being investigated.

Hazardous Ranking Score

50 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

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Region 3
Within the region: (800) 438-2474
Outside the region: (215) 814-5000

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      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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