Joint Base Cape Cod Announced Public Comment Period On Two Proposed Plans

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) has issued proposed plans for the Petroleum Fuels Storage Area (PFSA) and Fire Training Area-2 (FTA-2) at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC). The 30-day public comment period runs from May 1 to 30. 

Comments may be submitted by mail or e-mail to: Douglas Karson, AFCEC/JBCC, 322 East Inner Road, Otis ANG Base, MA 02542-5028, or douglas.karson@us.af.mil

Copies of the two proposed plans have been placed in the main libraries in Falmouth, Mashpee, Bourne and Sandwich. A copy has also been provided to the Wilkens Library at

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Cape Cod Community College, and the State Library of Massachusetts in Boston.  

The plans can also be viewed at states.ng.mil/sites/MA/JBCC/afcec.html. Additional related documentation can be found there on the two proposed plans.
The PFSA is a former fuel storage area used from the 1950s to 2009 and has residual fuel contamination at the water table. Recent groundwater data suggest that the residual fuel plume is stable.    The  proposed remedy is monitored natural attenuation of the remaining fuel, and maintaining land use  controls on JBCC to restrict new drinking water wells while the residual plume attenuates.

Fire training activities at FTA-2 began in 1948. The site was abandoned in 1956. The nearby Western Aquafarm site formerly housed underground fuel storage tanks and is located to the north of FTA-2.    Recent groundwater data suggest that the residual fuel plume is stable. The proposed remedy is monitored natural attenuation of the remaining fuel, and maintaining land use controls on JBCC to restrict new drinking water wells while the residual plume attenuates.

The PFSA and FTA-2 are located in the southeastern portion of the base. Both are not expected to move beyond the base boundary. Land use controls are in effect by the Town of Mashpee in the form of a moratorium on new drinking water wells in plume areas.

A presentation on both proposed plans will be given at the May 14 JBCC Cleanup Team meeting which is open to the public and scheduled from 6 to 8 PM. It will be held at 1805

West Outer Road, Camp Edwards. Enter the base at the Bourne rotary or the Sandwich gate on Snake Pond Road. A picture ID is required for access.

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