Sawyer International Airport – Kay Grosinske, a program manager of executive branch of the BRAC Program Management Division of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, explained to 8th Day listeners that the annual report to explain environmental clean up at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base usually happens each Fall this year will be supplemented with a mid-term report to the public information meeting May 22nd. The Public Information Session at the former KI Sawyer AFB will be on Wednesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
The meeting will meet at the KI Sawyer Heritage Air Museum, located at 402 3rd St., KI Sawyer, MI 49841. The meeting will last about two hours and will include a presentation of the environmental activities completed since the last public meeting in October 2018, along with what’s planned for this year.
Todd Pazz promised to attend with a more detailed report on the status of clean up at the base.
- 20 year covering same base, 18 years of clean up already
- The USAF will always be responsible for any contamination they cause or had cause
- Contaminants of specific interest at Sawyer:
- Full Spills
- Vinyl Chloride and Diethyl Ether
- Iron and Manganese
- PFOS/FFOA from fire fighting chemicals such as Aqueous Film-Forming Foam
- Remediation Efforts
- PFOS/FFOA at various bases
- Sometimes can’t completely clean up site
- Restoration Advisory Board
- Contractors working on clean up
- Dangers to the public – Should be worried? Municipal testing ongoing at airport
- Wells down gradient from base – One contaminated well found
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