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DERP-FUDS Former Naval Air Station Banana River Off-Base Disposal Area

May 2020

FACT SHEET

DERP-FUDS Former Naval Air Station Banana River Off-Base Disposal Area
Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP)
Congressional District: 8

1. DESCRIPTION

The former Naval Air Station Banana River (NASBR), located in Brevard County, Florida, served as a secondary field to Naval Air Station Jacksonville until its deactivation on 1 August 1947 when the Navy declared it surplus. The Navy conducted solid waste disposal operations off base from 1942 through 1947, not based on ownership or lease of the property, but rather a verbal agreement and a written letter from the representative of the landowner, records of which were recently discovered at the National Archives. Naval operations at the Off-Base Disposal Area (OBDA) ended when the Navy completed restoration activities by February 1948. The Navy transferred the NASBR to the Air Force in September 1948, which reactivated the installation as the Joint Long Range Proving Ground. The Air Force renamed it Patrick Air Force Base in 1950. The OBDA property remained undeveloped until homebuilders purchased the land and began constructing single-family residences in 1956 for the planned South Patrick Shores community. Homebuilders completed redevelopment of the OBDA property by 1961. In 1991, residents’ health concerns led state and federal agencies to investigate the OBDA. Those studies determined there was no apparent public health hazard, and no action was warranted. Based on not finding any records of Navy ownership or lease of the property at that time, it was also determined not eligible for the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) program. Health concerns lingered in the community over the years and in 2018 buried debris found in residential yards led to requests for reinvestigation of the area. Based on the recently found records indicating Navy use of the property, the OBDA is now determined to be an eligible FUDS property.

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $248,000
Estimated Total Cost to Complete $40,000
Allocation thru FY19 $108,000
Allocation for FY20 $100,000

 

3. STATUS

A Preliminary Assessment (PA) is underway to determine if further action is warranted at OBDA. The draft PA report recommends further investigation of potential environmental contamination by the FUDS program. The report notes while the FUDS property eligibility document refers to a 25 acre area, additional analysis during the PA indicates the impacted area could be as much as 52 acres. Upon finalization of the PA report, approval of a FUDS project will be requested, consistent with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers process. Assuming project approval and contract funding, site investigations to determine nature and extent of potential environmental contamination would be conducted. At such time, the funding section herein would be updated to reflect that new project. At this time, funding section just reflects the current PA phase which is scheduled to be complete by early FY21.

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