Environmental Reports: Hanscom Field’s 5-Year Updates

December 2, 2017
An aerial view of Hanscom Air Force Base with Massport’s Hanscom Field, top left – Image (c) https://www.cobases.com/massachusetts/hanscom-air-force-base/

Two meetings focused on 5-year environmental updates related to Hanscom Field were held recently.

Massachusetts Port Authority – Environmental Status & Planning Report

The first meeting, held on 24 October 2017 at the Hanscom Field Civil Air Terminal, focused on the proposed scope of the 2017 Environmental Status & Planning Report (ESPR).  This report is currently prepared for the Massachusetts Port Authority and submitted to the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs every five years to evaluate the effects of growth and change at Hanscom on noise, traffic, air and water quality.  The report is a planning tool that provides information on both past environmental conditions as well as projections of future environmental conditions, against which the effects of future projects can be evaluated.  The 2017 report will be prepared and submitted during 2018.

Both the 2017 ESPR proposed scope document and the most recent, 2012 ESPR can be accessed at the following link:  https://www.massport.com/massport/about-massport/project-environmental-filings/hanscom-field/

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Hanscom Air Force Base Restoration Advisory Board

The second meeting, held on 25 October 2017 in the Bedford Town Hall, was the Hanscom Air Force Base Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting.  This meeting focused primarily on the status of the Performance-Based Remediation (PBR) contract being implemented by prime contractor Versar in coordination with the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Center, to clean up multiple Superfund CERCLA sites at Hanscom Field/Hanscom Air Force Base.

These contamination sites are the result of past hazardous waste disposal practices and were first brought to light beginning in 1981.  The main impact of the contamination has been on groundwater and resulted in the closure of Bedford’s Hartwell Road well field.
Since identification, the sites have been subject to a variety of monitoring and remediation actions, including excavation, in situ remediation methods, and operation of a groundwater treatment plant, which went into operation in 1991, and which is still in operation.

A key part of the performance-based remediation contract is the preparation of status reports every five years.  The latest report was submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September. The 2017 five year report, including the EPA’s acceptance letter, is at the following link: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/01/100000682.pdf

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