A more than $39 million grant has been awarded to the Riverbank Local Redevelopment Authority (RLRA), according to an announcement made this week by the City of Riverbank. City officials said the RLRA is the recipient of a $39,464,376 environmental services grant from the US Army to remove contamination at the former Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP), also known as the Riverbank Industrial Complex.
The RLRA was formed in 2006 by the Riverbank City Council to make transfer and reuse decisions concerning RAAP.
The environmental work will be performed in partnership with Weston Solutions, Inc. and includes cleaning and remediating interior building surfaces contaminated with non-liquid polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), the removal and disposal of siding and roof panels, and surface soil remediation. The project is expected to take four years to complete. The RLRA will hire and train 25 to 30 local workers and will use local trades whenever possible to complete the work.
“This grant allows the City to move forward with reuse plans that transform the property from a contaminated military site into a job-producing, economic engine for the community,” said Riverbank Mayor Richard O’Brien.
This is the second environmental services project negotiated between the RLRA and the Army at this former military site. The first environmental services grant was awarded in 2013 for $11.9 million.
RAAP was closed as part of a 2005 Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) action. Army operations stopped in 2009. The property was placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list in 1990 due to contamination concerns.
“This is another milestone in the redevelopment of the Army Ammunition Plant,” said Riverbank City Manager Jill Anderson. “We are grateful to the Army and the regulatory agencies for allowing us to be a model of successful reuse of a former military site.”
The RLRA is master leasing the property from the Army until the military completes the BRAC transfer process and deeds the property to the City of Riverbank.
Weston Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned, environmental and engineering services company with offices worldwide.
For more information about the Riverbank Local Redevelopment Authority, visit www.riverbanklra.org.
For more information about Weston Solutions, Inc., visit www.westonsolutions.com.