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Superfund Site Report: EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway

    Conditions at proposal (July 14, 1989): Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) is in Kern, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties, California, occupying approximately 800 square miles in the western portion of the Mojave Desert. The base has been in operation since 1933. Its primary mission is to conduct research and development on new aircraft. EAFB is participating in the Installation Restoration Program (IRP), established in 1978. Under this program, the Department of Defense seeks to identify, investigate, and clean up contamination from hazardous materials. Under IRP, the Air Force has identified 21 waste areas at the facility. The Main/South Base area, at the western edge of Rogers Dry Lake, is the primary area for maintenance and refueling of aircraft. On several occasions, large amounts of fuel have been spilled in the area, and poor disposal practices have released organic solvents to the ground. Also in the area are an abandoned sanitary landfill containing pesticides and HEAVY METALS, an area where electroplating wastes were dumped, and the industrial waste pond, which contains sediments rich in HEAVY METALS.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Discharge to sewer/surface water
    • Dumping - unauthorized
    • Inadvertent spill
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Landfill
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Waste pile
    • Waste tank - above ground
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater and soils have been contaminated with various VOCS. People may face a health risk by drinking contaminated groundwater.


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    1,2-DICHLOROETHANEX    
    1,2-TRANS-DICHLOROETHYLENEX    
    ARSENICX    
    CHLORDANEX    
    CHROMIUMX    
    CHROMIUM COMPOUNDSX    
    DDTX    
    TETRACHLOROETHYLENEX    
    TRICHLOROETHYLENEX    


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? Yes
    Population served by the threatened wells: 1,001 - 5,000
     
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Ground water migration:


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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE
    EPA ID: CA1570024504
    Address: AFFTC EDWARDS AFB, ATTN ROBERT W. WOOD
    EDWARDS AFB, CA 93524-1130
    Other Names: EDWARDS
      EDWARDS AFB
      EDWARDS-JPL
      NASA-DRYDEN
    Site Ownership: Federally Owned
    Category of Site: Federal Facility
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: August 30, 1990
     
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 7
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? No
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 0
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

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