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FNOD Munitions Cleanup Marks Significant Progress
September 17, 2009

According to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, removal of munitions and explosives of concern at the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot, or FNOD, has been completed at all suspected site areas after years of investigation and multiple clean-up actions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

With the removal of more than 2,800 pounds of munitions of concern, 1,210 pounds of bulk TNT, 6,186 pounds of munitions debris and another 20,223 pounds of scrap metals at the Nansemond River beachfront and main burning ground areas, USACE continues to make significant progress in environmental investigation and restoration at the formerly used defense site property.

In 1987, FNOD became a matter of public concern when a piece of crystalline TNT was found on the property at the Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth Campus. This initiated extensive historical research, investigations, testing and removal actions. In 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency placed this site on the National Priority List.

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