Up Q. What are the environmental hazard issues at Fort Ord?
A. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, the former Fort Ord area was used for infantry training, which involved the use of ordnance and explosives. Many buildings on the former military base were constructed using lead based paint, asbestos, and other contaminants no longer permitted by law and must be remediated before reoccupancy or removal. Since most of the structures will have to be removed this will mean a substantial cost to the reuse effort. FORA estimates that it will take 5-7 years (once the process is started) to complete the relocation, rehabilitation, hazard abatement, and demolition removal activities. The U.S. Army has completed a substantial amount of remedial action thus far. Well over $350 million has been spent to clean up various soil, groundwater, and facility contamination, but more funds will be needed to complete the job.