The Former Victory Ordnance Plant (VOP) is an approximate 237-acre site located in Decatur, Illinois. DoD activities began at the site in 1943 when the VOP was built. The Battery Disposal Area, which is now being investigated following the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process, is approximately 3.7 acres.
Under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program-Formerly Used Defense Sites (DERP-FUDS), the U.S. Army is responsible for environmental restoration of all properties that were formerly owned by, leased to, or otherwise possessed by the United States and under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Defense.
Corps environmental cleanup programs focus on protecting human health and the environment and seek to reduce risk to human health and the environment in a timely and cost-effective manner.
To evaluate the nature and extent of the potential contamination associated with the Battery Disposal Area, at the Former Victory Ordnance Plant, various environmental investigations have been performed, including a Contaminant Evaluation in 1987, a Preliminary Assessment in 2006, a Site Inspection (SI) in 2007, a Remedial Investigation (RI) in 2009, and additional RI activities in 2012.
The Proposed Plan will be released in 2013 and the public will be invited to provide comments and input during the 30-day public comment period.