The Restoration Advisory Board tasked with providing a way for the U.S. Air Force and regulators to educate the community about the environmental cleanup work at the former Williams Air Force Base, now known as Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, will meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, to discuss the progress and later tour Site 12.
The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus Peralta Hall Room No. 132, 7171 E. Sonoran Arroyo Mall in Mesa. After a briefing on the status of the environmental cleanup, board members and the public will drive to South Sossaman Road for a Site 12 tour, including of a steam-enhanced extraction system, according to the website.
The 4,043-acre Williams AFB was a flight-training school in 1941. During its 52 years as a military aviation, training, supply and maintenance complex, several areas of the former base were environmentally impacted from industrial practices that were legal and commercially accepted at the time, according to the website.
Contaminants from military operations include organic solvents and paint strippers, petroleum, metal plating waste, hydraulic fluids, pesticides, and radiological wastes. In 1983, the U.S. Air Force implemented the Department of Defense Installation Restoration Program to identify, investigate and remediate sites at Williams AFB. In 1989, the base was added to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List as a Superfund site.
For information on the meeting, call Linda Geissinger, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Western Region, at 916-643-1250 ext. No. 109 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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