September 2021 Public Meetings

 

THERE WILL BE NO Camp Edwards Tour, Friday, September 3rd. Please check back next week.

Camp Edwards, on Joint Base Cape Cod, is hosting tours of the training area on Fridays during the summer. The tour will be held on Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Based on the level of public interest, tours will be held on Fridays until September 24.

This is an opportunity for participants to see first hand and learn about the Soldier training venues at Camp Edwards; the Natural Resources Program at Camp Edwards and habitat conservation work.

Each tour is limited to 24 people and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

To register for the Friday, August 13, tour, please send an email no later than noon on Thursday, August 12, to:Emily.d.kelly2.nfg@mail.mil with your name and telephone number. A confirmation email will be sent with further information including directions, meeting location and parking.

 

Public Comment Period on Document with Alternatives and Recommendations to Address PFAS Contamination in Pocasset, Massachusetts

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) is issuing for public comment a document entitled “Draft Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis (EE/CA)”, which presents removal action alternatives and recommendations to address per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) groundwater contamination in residential wells near two Tanker Truck Rollover Sites (TTRS) in Pocasset.

Summary of the EE/CA The TTRS is the result of two separate tanker truck rollovers that occurred in close proximity to each other in 1997 and 2000 at the Otis Rotary, Route 28, Bourne. Fuel was released and fire-fighting foam containing PFAS was used to suppress explosive hazards. In 2016, AFCEC provided bottled water to residences after investigations detected PFAS in groundwater, and eventually, installed whole house carbon filters at three residences and continued to provide bottled water to one residence. This non-time critical removal action will eliminate exposure to PFAS from four residential water supply wells that tested previously above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) for PFAS only. Based on the Draft EE/CA, AFCEC is recommending installation of a water main along the entire length of Valley Farm Road and connecting four residences to this water main. This action will provide a long-term response to protect human health from exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) above the EPA LHA in drinking water. TTRS is concurrently undergoing a remedial investigation with a draft report to be issued to the regulatory agencies by February 2022.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD DATES
AFCEC will hold a 30-day public comment period on the EE/CA August 9, 2021 – September 7, 2021.

WHERE TO ACCESS THE EE/CA AND SUBMIT COMMENTS
The EE/CA can be viewed on AFCEC’s webpage at: https://www.massnationalguard.org/JBCC/afcec.html .

The EE/CA will also be provided to the main libraries in Falmouth, Mashpee, Bourne and Sandwich. To request a copy of the EE/CA electronically please send your request to douglas.karson@us.af.mil. Written comments on the EE/CA should be sent to Douglas Karson, AFCEC/JBCC, 322 East Inner Road, Otis ANGB, MA 02542-1320; or by email to douglas.karson@us.af.mil and should be sent/postmarked by September 7, 2021. All public comments received during the comment period will be considered and addressed by the Air Force and regulatory agencies prior to a final decision. Comments and responses will be summarized in a responsiveness summary that will be attached to the final decision document. For questions contact: Doug Karson, AFCEC, 508-968-4678, ext. 2, or douglas.karson@us.af.mil

 

Update on Next Meeting of the Community Advisory Council

The next meeting of the Community Advisory Council, tentatively scheduled for June 17, 2021, is being rescheduled due to changes in Open Meeting Requirements effective June 15, 2021 related to termination of the Covid State of Emergency and the related Executive Orders. Information for this meeting will be posted on this site and a Public Notice will be issued as soon as details are finalized.