JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The 27 Special Operations Wing and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center hosted a virtual public meeting June 16 at 6 p.m. to provide updates to its on-going actions to address two perfluorinated compounds — perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, or “PFOS/PFOA”, identified at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

This was the second meeting of a planned series of quarterly meetings focused on the Air Force’s response to PFOS and PFOA. AFCEC’s environmental experts were available to answer questions regarding these efforts.

During the meeting, Cannon Air Force Base discussed more details about their efforts to address PFAS contamination in the groundwater on base.

Specifically, they spoke more about an engineering evaluation contract for a pilot study that they awarded back in May.

The contract for the pilot study is for $16.6 million.

It uses a treatment system that is entirely on base.

The system will use three groundwater extraction wells to capture impacted waters.

That water will be treated and may be returned to the aquifer via injection wells.

In September Cannon plans to conduct a treatability study to determine the best filtration system to use.

They will release a design and work plan in January and construction of the system is expected to start in March 2022.