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Annual Restoration Advisory Board meeting held

Release Number: 070318

The 20th Fighter Wing held its annual Restoration Advisory Board meeting Feb. 6, at the New Beginning Banquet Facility, Sumter, South Carolina.

The purpose of the RAB is to promote community awareness and obtain constructive community review, comment and input on both current and proposed environmental remediation actions in association with Shaw AFB. The meeting provided a forum for neighbors and local governments to openly discuss the environmental cleanup actions of Shaw AFB and any recent changes to the base’s environmental restoration program.

In November 2014 the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act permit listed Shaw AFB as having 123 groundwater cleanup sites. To date, 99 of the original sites have been closed in accordance with RCRA permit requirements. Of the 24 remaining active cleanup sites, three sites impact off-base locations. These sites continue to have no impact on the drinking water on or surrounding Shaw AFB. To date, $105 million has been spent on the environmental restoration program and nearly 1,400 treatment and monitoring wells have been installed on and around Shaw AFB. In late fiscal year 2017, an additional $3.5M contract was awarded to Shaw AFB to assist in further site closeout.

“Shaw AFB continues to improve its environmental programs and remains dedicated to being transparent in its handling of all environmental-related initiatives. Tonight was an opportunity for us to keep our neighbors informed of the progress being made on base,” said Jane Allen, 20th Mission Support Group director for installations. “Our goal remains to protect human health and ensure mission activities do not impact the environment or our drinking water.”

Questions should be directed to 20th FW Public Affairs, (803) 895-1620. Those interested in joining the RAB should email Juvenal Salomon at juvenal.salomon.1@us.af.mil.