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Air Force announces re-establishment of Pease Restoration Advisory Board, calls for membership

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- As part of the Air Force's continued effort to create an open dialogue with Portsmouth and Newington communities, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center is re-establishing a restoration advisory board, or RAB, at the former Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire. The Air Force is currently seeking membership for the RAB.

The RAB is an advisory group comprised of government and community stakeholders.  The mission of the RAB is to provide:

· An opportunity for stakeholder involvement in the environmental restoration process.
· A forum for discussion and exchange of the environmental restoration program information between the Air Force, regulatory agencies and the community.
· An opportunity to review progress, participate in a dialogue and advise decision makers concerning environmental restoration matters.

The first RAB meeting is scheduled to take place in early December. Exact dates and logistical details are pending. The Air Force will notify the community as soon as the date is determined. The RAB will review the entire restoration program at the former base, including existing petroleum and trichloroethylene, or TCE, contamination sites, and perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs. 

Community RAB members are individuals who live or work in the affected community or are affected by the installation's environmental restoration program.

Interested applicants can download an application online at http://www.afcec.af.mil/environment/perfluorinatedcompounds/ or call AFCEC Public Affairs at 210-925-0956 to request a copy.  Applications can be submitted via email afcec.pa@us.af.mil or mailed to AFCEC Public Affairs, 2261 Hughes Ave, Ste. 155, JBSA-Lackland TX 78236-9853.

AFCEC continues to support the Air Force efforts to address, identify, and assess groundwater contaminated with PFCs, at the former Pease Tradeport, and surrounding areas of Portsmouth and Newington. The Air Force remains committed to protecting the Pease water supply wells and ensuring support to concerned community members.

For additional information on the Air Force's BRAC environmental cleanup program, please call 1-866-725-7617 or email afcec.pa@us.af.mil.