CHATTANOOGA (AP) - The U.S. Army expects to complete the cleanup and transfer this year of a 7,700-acre site in Chattanooga that housed the old Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant.

The former TNT production facility will be home to an industrial park, nature preserve, and health, education and Army Reserve facilities. It already houses a new $1 billion Volkswagen auto assembly plant.

The U.S. Army declared the plant surplus in 1998, but a half century of munitions production left residues of toxic chemicals in the soil and water.

Scott Bolton is the U.S. Army commander's representative at the site. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he told the citizens' Restoration Advisory Board recently that active cleanup efforts should be complete this year although monitoring will likely go on for decades.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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