Sun. May 22nd, 2022

CANNON AFB IS MAKING ADVANCEMENTS IN THE PFAS CONTAMINATED WATER INVESTIGATION

The Air Force Civil Engineering Center has begun installing groundwater monitoring wells as a part of the remedial investigation to aid in determining the extent of potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in groundwater from CAFB. In October 2021, local landowners near CAFB provided property access allowing contractors to extract water and soil samples necessary to define the extent of PFAS substances in ground water. These samples provided the data AFCEC needed to determine the ideal locations for the installation of groundwater monitoring wells.

The first groundwater monitoring well was installed on CAFB in March 2022, with another twelve scheduled for installation throughout the year.  The data collected from monitoring wells will help AFCEC determine potential future full-scale response efforts.

In addition to the groundwater monitoring wells, an ongoing pilot study initiated by a $16.6M Department of the Air Force-awarded contract in May 2021, will filter and return water to the aquifer. As part of the pilot study, a water treatability and aquifer test was completed to aid in the design of the pilot study. Construction will begin once the design phase is finalized. The data collected in the pilot study and ground water monitoring wells will determine the full-scale PFAS mitigation interim response.

Since the discovery of PFAS, the Air Force has replaced the Aqueous Film Forming Foam mixture in emergency response vehicles and hangar fire suppression systems with a formulation that meets EPA guidelines. Additionally, the Air Force implemented stringent AFFF training and guidance limiting the use of AFFF to emergencies only and requiring immediate clean-up of any dispersal to prevent future impacts to local water sources.

For more information regarding PFAS updates, contact Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs at (575) 784-4131 or via email at 27sowpa.publicaffairs@us.af.mil.