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Agreements outline Air Force commitment to Colorado communities - 04/18/18

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Air Force signed agreements with Fountain, Security and Widefield, Colorado, last month outlining cooperative efforts for ensuring safe drinking water for the communities.

“As a long-time member of the Front Range, we place an extremely high value on all of our community partnerships, and are pleased we can move forward with these support agreements,” said Col. Eric Dorminey, 21st Space Wing and Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, vice commander.

"We will continue to work closely with the leadership of our local communities and ensure Peterson is doing what we can for those in the affected area,” said Dorminey, “working with the Fountain mayor, the city council, and leadership of El Paso County remains a top priority for us."

“The City of Fountain appreciates the partnership and cooperation we have shared with the Air Force on this important matter to our community. Both myself and the Fountain City Council remain committed to working closely with the Air Force to ensure any citizens affected by water contamination due to (Air Force use of) PFOS/PFOA will continue to have access to clean, safe drinking water,” added Mayor Gabriel Ortega, the Mayor of Fountain, Colorado.

Outlined in two Environmental Service Agreements and two memorandums of understanding, the Air Force explains how it will work with the communities in response to drinking water contamination stemming from military activities on Peterson AFB:

 

  • Under a memorandum of agreement with Fountain, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) will ensure drinking water treatment systems the AFCEC previously procured for Fountain are operational and effective. The center will also investigate ways to procure alternate water supplies until the systems are operating effectively and will analyze other mitigation and treatment measures. In turn, the city pledges to cooperate with AFCEC and, where possible and appropriate, facilitate completion of the center’s efforts.
  • An environmental service agreement with Fountain obtains city services to purchase and distribute alternate drinking water, as well as operate, maintain, and monitor the performance of the treatment systems AFCEC provided to make sure the units eliminate or reduce PFOS and PFOA in drinking water production wells. The Air Force agrees to pay the city for its cost to purchase up to 235.89 million gallons of drinking water for a potential total cost of more than $211,000 over the next year. The Air Force will also pay the city up to $173,314 to operate and monitor the treatment systems.
  • An ESA with the Widefield Water and Sanitation District obtains the city’s services to operate, maintain and monitor the performance of two drinking water treatment systems, ensuring the units eliminate or reduce PFOS and PFOS levels in the city’s drinking water production wells. The Air Force agrees to compensate Widefield in accordance with the agreement up to a total of $606,340 over the next year for its services in operating and monitoring the treatment systems.
  • Under a memorandum of understanding with the Security Water District Water Activity Enterprise, AFCEC will complete efforts to acquire alternate drinking water supplies for the community through an existing contract with the Army Corps of Engineers and, due to limited funding of that contract, evaluate additional ways to procure alternate water. The center will also look into providing water treatment so Security may resume using groundwater supplies as a drinking water source.

 

Additionally, the Air Force is finalizing an ESA with Security for the purchase of alternate water.   

“We are dedicated to resolving mission impacts to drinking water supplies and safeguarding the health of our community partners in Colorado and around the country. Thanks to our strong partnership with Fountain, Security and Widefield, these agreements will help us protect those communities as we move forward with our investigation in and around Peterson,” said Cornell Long, team lead for AFCEC’s PFOS and PFOA response team.

In 2016, Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s lifetime health advisory were detected in wells belonging to the three communities. Fountain and Security stopped using the wells and began relying on alternate water sources for the community. Widefield purchased and installed two ion exchange systems to filter out the contamination.

PFOS and PFOA are two compounds found in a firefighting agent formerly used by Air Force emergency fire response teams to combat petroleum-based fires. An investigation, led by AFCEC, into the past firefighting activities on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, found that those activities may have contributed to the contamination.

Peterson to implement big change to North Gate hours - 04/04/18

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Peterson Air Force Base patrons can expect to see changes to the north gate’s hours of operation come April 9, 2018.

The north gate will be open for inbound traffic at 6 a.m. on week days, but will close at 9.a.m. However, at 2:30 p.m. on weekdays the outbound side of the gate will reopen to facilitate vehicle and pedestrian traffic and will close again at 6 p.m.

“We understand the challenges that can come along with changing gate schedules,” said Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander. “We are developing a plan in the next 60 days that will include keeping the outbound lanes at the north gate open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This will facilitate outbound vehicle traffic as well as pedestrian traffic from the school, and people wishing to enter and exit the base on foot.”

Though there was a publicized incident off-base, near Peterson’s north gate, this change was not in response to that event.

“As always, the security and safety of Team Pete patrons remains our primary concern,” Moore said. “I assure you we have been working to implement these gate hour changes long before the incident that occurred outside of north gate on Tuesday. Also, we ask for your understanding during these changes. In turn, I promise to be expedient with communicating additional changes.”

For more information or questions about gate hours, please go to www.peterson.af.mil and check the lower right column of the front page or contact 21st Space Wing Pubic Affairs at 719-556-5185.

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