Air Force to host public meeting, update on ground water contami

Air Force to host public meeting, update on ground water contamination actions at former Reese AFB

LUBBOCK, Texas -

(Press Release)

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) invites the surrounding communities of the former Reese Air Force Base to a public meeting on Tuesday, June 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Terra Vista Middle School Cafeteria. 

This meeting will provide residents an update and next steps on the current Air Force response to per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as the former base and nearby areas. Air Force representatives will be available to answer one-on-one questions at a poster session at 5 p.m., followed by the formal meeting at 6 p.m. 

In late November of 2017, the Air Force began sampling private wells and community water system wells down gradient from the former Reese Air Force Base. To date, 480 drinking water wells have been sampled. 222 private wells and three public wells exceed the Environmental Protection Agency's Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) levels of 70 parts per trillion for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), and/or PFAS for which the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has pusblished Protective Concentration Levels. 

The Air Force has installed 181 whole-house treatment systems consisting of granular activated carbon and ion exchange resin, to the affected home and will install the remaining systems by the end of June. 

All drinking water wells tested are located within three mile and in the direction of groundwater flow of the former base. If you are in the study area and have not had your drinking water well tested, please contact Mr. Paul Carroll at 806.885.5010 or at paul.carroll.1@us.af.mil. 

An Air Force representative will be available for media interviews at 5 p.m. If interested, please send requests to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center public affairs office at AFIMSC.pa.workflow@us.af.mil or call at 866.725.7617.

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