2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 19:24:24 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLEANUP: Tyndall Air Force Base (FL)
Officials take unique approach to clean up Tyndall AFB

by Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle
Air Force News Service
March 7, 2011

WASHINGTON --Air Force officials will continue the cleanup of about 25 problem sites identified as potential threats to human health and the environment at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., officials said here March 7.

Senior leaders determined the best approach for the cleanup would include evaluating each location to determine if a release or threat of release of hazardous substances exists; reviewing the basis for reopening units previously determined to require no further action; and evaluating the need for remedial investigation in light of other directly-controlling regulatory programs.

Where there is contamination that presents an unacceptable risk, it should be addressed as expeditiously as possible, said Terry A. Yonkers, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics.

"I remain steadfast in my view that if we focus on individual locations where unacceptable risk exists and remediation is needed, that provides a workable framework at Tyndall," Mr. Yonkers said. "We and our colleagues at Environmental Protection Agency and the state have too long been focused on the process; it's time to put down the pens, pick up the shovels and get down to cleaning up."

To date, an estimated $42.7 million has been spent to clean up Tyndall AFB's contaminated sites, officials said. Air Force officials have identified a total of 80 sites that are in various stages of investigation and remediation. Of these sites, 25 have completed investigation and cleanup and received "No Further Action" determinations from the EPA or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Mr. Yonkers signed a memo on Aug. 19, 2010, directing the expeditious cleanup of sites presenting a potential threat to human health and the environment at Tyndall AFB using a performance-based contracting approach.


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