An environmental cleanup team, which included Aerostar SES LLC (ASL), was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for supporting the US Air Force (USAF) at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (AFB) in South Carolina. ASL performed the Site Inspection (SI) to identify releases of emerging contaminants in groundwater, soil, surface water and sediment due to USAF use of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). The SI included investigating eight AFFF areas at the former AFB.
The EPA honored the former Myrtle Beach AFB with the annual “National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse” award on October 22, 2019, praising its transformation from federal land into a safe, environmentally clean site for residents and tourists. These awards recognize the innovative thinking and cooperation among federal agencies, states, tribes, local partners, and developers that have led to noteworthy restoration and reuse of federal facility sites under the EPA’s Superfund program.
The former Myrtle Beach AFB was closed in 1993 under the Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. It is one of the 19 BRAC Installations that was included on an Air Force Civil Engineer Center contract awarded to ASL in 2015 for Site Inspections of Potential Perfluorinated Compound Release Areas at Multiple BRAC Installations.
Allison Bailey, ASL’s Project Manager for the former Myrtle Beach AFB Installation, attended the ceremony and accepted the award from the USAF Installation Directorate’s BRAC Program Manager, Dr. Stephen TerMaath, on behalf of ASL. Paula Bond serves as ASL Program Manager on the contract and Tim Cullen served as ASL Field Manager during the site inspection.
Allison Bailey and Dr. Stephen TerMaath