Shaw awarded $3.5M for groundwater cleanup

Restoration Advisory Board holds annual public meeting

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A group that aims to keep dialogue open with the community about environmental remediation actions connected to Shaw Air Force Base announced at its annual meeting this week the base has received additional funding.

At the 20th Fighter Wing's Restoration Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, neighbors and local governments were given a forum to "openly discuss the environmental cleanup actions of Shaw AFB and any recent changes to the base's environmental restoration program," according to the 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office.

Shaw was listed as having 123 groundwater cleanup sites by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit in November 2014. Since then, 99 of the original sites have been closed in accordance with RCRA permit requirements.

"Shaw AFB continues to improve its environmental programs and remains dedicated to being transparent in its handling of all environmental-related initiatives," said Jane Allen, 20th Mission Support Group director of installations.

Allen said the meeting, which was held at the New Beginning Banquet Facility in Sumter, was an opportunity to keep Shaw's neighbors informed of progress being made on base.

To date, $105 million has been spent on the environmental restoration program, and almost 1,400 treatment and monitoring wells have been installed on and around Shaw. New to report was the additional $3.5 million contract awarded to Shaw to assist in further site closeout.

Of the 24 remaining active cleanup sites, three impact off-base locations, according to Shaw, and "these sites continue to have no impact on the drinking water on or surrounding Shaw."

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 associated with Shaw."

"Our goal remains to protect human health," Allen said, "and ensure mission activities do not impact the environment or our drinking water."