2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 15 May 2005 05:04:46 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] Williams AFB cleanup
EPA: Air Force lagging in Williams cleanup 

By J. Craig Anderson
East Valley Tribune
May 14, 2005

The U.S. Air Force isn't aiming high enough in its efforts to clean up
polluted groundwater underneath Williams Gateway Airport, EPA officials say.

A federal Environmental Protection Agency report released Wednesday
lists the Mesa airport as one of 10 former military installations in the
country where groundwater contamination isn't under control. 

The reason, according to the EPA official who oversees cleanup efforts
at Williams Gateway, is that a plume of toxic solvents underneath a
former Air Force landfill on the property has extended beyond the
airport's boundaries, and nobody knows how far it goes. 

The plume contains two chemical solvents known as trichloroethane and
perchloroethylene, which were used by the military to degrease metal
parts, said Michael Wolfram, the EPA's project manager for the former
air base. 


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Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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