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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center Working on the wells (AFCEC) (formerly Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, AFCEE) has made all final decisions on how to address contamination and has all remedies in place for the groundwater plumes and source areas related to its program.

The Installation Restoration Program (IRP) began cleaning up groundwater contamination primarily related to the southern portion of the JBCC in 1993. Interim treatment systems were used to begin addressing many of the program’s 12 plumes while final decisions on how to address the contamination were ongoing. There are 80 locations on the JBCC that have been evaluated as part of the Air Force cleanup efforts. Many of those locations were confirmed as source areas that contributed to soil and/or groundwater contamination at some point in the past and 77 have been cleaned up.  Sixty-one source areas have been formally delisted from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies’ National Priorities List.

Working on the wellsIRP groundwater treatment systems on 10 of its 12 plumes currently treat 13 million gallons of groundwater per day and those systems and the groundwater in the area of each plume are regularly monitored to verify that cleanup goals are being achieved. Two plumes and five groundwater areas of concern are in long-term monitoring.  The program continually looks at ways to optimize system operations and cleanup actions, and will be working with regulators to determine when cleanup efforts are complete and systems can be shut down.

As part of its cleanup efforts, the IRP replaced impacted drinking water supplies and connected over 1,100 homes in the area of groundwater plumes to municipal water.  In addition, the IRP conducts extensive reviews to identify and evaluate private wells in the vicinity of the plumes.

AFCEC is committed to a better, cheaper and faster approach that is intended to expedite the cleanup of the groundwater aquifer and cleanup timeframes while reducing costs and minimizing its carbon footprint.  Numerous activities are underway to reduce costs for sampling, operations of cleanup systems and facilities. AFCEC currently operates three wind turbines. These turbines are expected to pay for all of AFCEC’s electric costs by 100% in the near future (approximately $1.5 million a year in savings) and achieve similar reductions in emissions from power plants.

Questions may be addressed to:

Douglas Karson
Community Involvement Lead

322 East Inner Road
Otis ANG Base, MA 02542-5028
Phone: (508) 968-4678, x2 Fax: (508) 968-4673


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