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Environment

Supporting the Edwards Air Force Base Mission Through Sound Environmental Stewardship

At Edwards Air Force Base, the mission and the environment go hand-in-hand. The unique physical environment is what makes the desert such an ideal place for flight-test activities. Helping the flight testers maintain access to air, land and water for testing and other operations, while not upsetting the delicate balance of the desert ecosystem, is the mission of the 412th Civil Engineer Group Environmental Management Division (412 CEG/CEV).

General Information

Water Quality Reports

The Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight is pleased to present the Edwards Air Force Base and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) 2020 Annual Water Quality Reports. We feel it is important our customers know about where our water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to requirements set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality.

Main base

Last year, as in years past, the main base tap water met or exceeded all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and State drinking water health requirements.

AFRL

Last year, the AFRL tap water met or exceeded all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and state drinking water health requirements.

If you would like a paper copy of the 2020 Consumer Confidence Report mailed to you, please call 661-277-3272.

 

Edwards Air Force Base Environmental Commitment Statement

To effectively accomplish its mission, Environmental Management has adopted an approach that provides expert services in all areas of environmental support. Appropriate personnel are consulted during the planning and implementation stages of all test programs and construction projects on Edwards.

Three main areas of environmental service and support are provided through the Environmental Management office at Edwards. They include:

Compliance: Manages air quality, water quality, hazardous material, hazardous and universal waste, aboveground and underground storage tanks, and special programs (polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos, and lead-based paint). Assists base organizations with the selection, design and installation of low emissions equipment, as well as applying for and maintaining permits. The goal of compliance is to meet and satisfy all applicable environmental laws, statutes and regulations. Compliance also develops processes to minimize the use of hazardous material, minimize generation of hazardous waste, reduce solid waste going to the landfill and promote reuse and recycling programs.

Conservation: Provides environmental analysis for test programs and construction projects. Also manages the protection and preservation of natural resources and cultural and historic sites on Edwards.

412 CEG/CEV also works closely with our environmental restoration colleagues from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Installation Support Team (AFCEC/CZOW), who share our office space.

AFCEC/CZOW Restoration: Manages hazardous waste cleanup efforts at Edwards AFB. Under the Environmental Restoration Program, hazardous waste sites are identified, investigated and cleaned up with the goal of protecting human health and the environment. Documents related to environmental restoration investigation and mitigation at Edwards AFB are in the base's Administrative Record. To view the full record, you may contact Gary Hatch, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs, at (661) 277-8707 or by e-mailing 412tw.pae@us.af.mil. You may also view Administrative Record documents online at https://ar.afcec-cloud.af.mil (select "Edwards AFB" under the Installation List). Two publications the public may find useful are the Environmental Restoration Community Involvement Plan and the bimonthly Report to Stakeholders newsletter. Links to both documents can be found under the "Publications" tab on this site.

Edwards environmental experts actively work with regulatory agencies and the community in a spirit of cooperation and commitment to ensure the base accomplishes its mission without harming the environment.

For more information, please visit the following web locations:
· Facebook
· YouTube

Environmental Management is located at:
Building 3735
120 N. Rosamond Blvd., Suite A
Edwards AFB, CA  93524

If you have any questions, please contact us at (661) 277-1401.

 

Public Notice: Relative Risk Site Evaluation, Edwards AFB, California

The U.S. Air Force completed a Relative Risk Site Evaluation, or RRSE, for Edwards AFB to support sequencing of environmental restoration work. The RRSE process is used to evaluate the relative risk posed by an environmental restoration site in relation to other sites across Air Force installations. Restoration sites in Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA, phases prior to remedy-in-place are evaluated in the process.

Due to the discovery of perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid — PFOS/PFOA for short — an RRSE was completed for Edwards AFB. Relative risk is not the sole factor in determining the sequence of environmental restoration work, but it is an important consideration in the priority setting process.

At Edwards AFB, 24 aqueous film forming foam — AFFF — areas were evaluated in the process. The overall site category scores were 18 “high,” two “medium” and four “low.”

This Relative Risk Site Evaluation is issued in accordance with the Department of Defense Environmental Restoration Program and is available for public review until Feb. 7, 2022.

This RRSE can be found online at the Air Force’s Administrative Record website at https://ar.afcec-cloud.af.mil. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Continue to site,” select the “Active Duty” button, scroll down the Installation List and click on “Edwards AFB, CA,” then enter 6094 in the “AR #” field. Click “Search” at the bottom of the page and click on the spy glass to view the document.

For more information or to submit written comments, contact Gary Hatch, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs at (661) 277-8707 or e-mail 412tw.pae@us.af.mil.

Restoration Advisory Board

The Restoration Advisory Board is the primary voice of the public and base workers in the Environmental Restoration Program. This group of volunteers acts as an information conduit between neighboring and base communities and the officials responsible for investigating and remediating environmental contamination at Edwards AFB.

Board members represent communities and work areas from both on- and off-base at semiannual meetings, which are open to the public. At the meetings, members review current investigations and remedial efforts, as well as learn about proposed plans for future remedial efforts. However, their most important task is bringing public concerns to the Air Force. Those with concerns may contact any member with a question or issue. More information can be found on the RAB's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RAB.Edwards.

Next RAB Meeting
Date:  May 19, 2022
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Location:  To be determined

Env. on Facebook

Information

Published data and documents relating to the Environmental Restoration Program are available for public review.

Edwards AFB Library
5 West Yeager Boulevard
Edwards AFB, CA 93524
(661) 275-2665

Wanda Kirk Branch Library
3611 Rosamond Boulevard
Rosamond, CA 93560
(661) 256-3236

Lancaster Public Library
601 West Lancaster Boulevard
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 948-5029

Env. Public Affairs

412 TW/PA
305 East Popson Avenue
Edwards AFB, CA 93524
(661) 277-8707
412tw.pae@us.af.mil