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The McGuire Air Force Base site (MAFB) is an active facility that occupies more than 3,500 acres in a rural area of Burlington County, New Jersey. The base is bordered to the north by the community of Wrightstown, and to the east, south, and west by the U.S. Army’s Fort Dix military installation. MAFB is located within the boundaries of the Pinelands National Reserve. The Pinelands are classified as Federal Land designated for the Protection of Natural Ecosystems. The primary source for both community and private drinking water supplies in the vicinity of the site is groundwater obtained from the various aquifers comprising the Atlantic Coastal Plain system. There are two major drainage surface water divides on site, and several streams to which surface runoff is directed. An extensive system of wetlands is found along both major surface water drainage pathways. MAFB originated in 1937 as an adjunct to the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Dix and functioned under the control of the U.S. Army until 1948, when jurisdiction over the facility was transferred to the U.S. Air Force. Past activities at MAFB in support of operational missions created a number of waste sources of potential environmental concern. In 1982, the U.S. Air Force completed Phase I of the Installation Restoration Program (IRP) investigation “to identify, confirm/quantify, and remediate problems caused by past management of hazardous wastes” at the base. For the purposes of Hazard Ranking System scoring, four waste sources were identified: (1) Zone 1 Landfills (comprised of Landfill Nos. 4, 5, and 6); (2) Landfill No. 2; (3) Landfill No.3; and (4) the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office. The four waste sources comprise only a portion of CERCLA eligible areas of the MAFB site. Although only four sources were scored, any CERCLA eligible areas of concern, identified or unidentified, and releases associated with those areas, comprise the site. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation directed the Department of Defense to realign 26 individual installations into 12 joint base installations, recommending that Fort Dix and Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst installation support functions be relocated to McGuire Air Force Base. The Vice Chiefs of Staff signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Agreement between the three installations establishing Initial Operational Capability for JB MDL as of April 10, 2009, with Full Operational Capability beginning October 1, 2009. JB MDL is uniquely capable of projecting air, land and sea power to support national defense. Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed by the Air Force, through Federal actions, with EPA oversight.

Hazardous Ranking Score

47 / 100

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

Regional Contact

Region 2
Phone: (877) 251-4575

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Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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