ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
230 SOUTH DEARBORN ST
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CHICAGO ILLINOIS 60604
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REPLY TO ATTENTION OF
Major Paul D. Garcia
Environmental Planning DivisionDepartment of the Air ForceRegional Civil Engineer Central Region
1114 Commerce Street
Re: Chanute Air Force Base,
Installation Restoration Program,Phase I StudyDear Major Garcia:Your Phase I report on the Chanute AEB has been reviewed by this office.
Most of the waste contaminants at the site are from oil and jet fuel sourceswith lesser amounts from pesticides, herbicides, and chlorinated or otherorganic solvents. In view of the fact that the subsurface at the base is
largely unconsolidated sand, gravel, and similar structure materials, your planto use relatively low level monitoring wells in the Phase II approach appears
to be appropriate. The proximity of the various pollution points may well
improve your data collecting opportunities.Although solvents were not used in large quantities at the base, some concernis expressed about four drums of pesticides which were deposited in either
Landfill No. 2 or No. 3. Locating the drums would undoubtedly be very difficultat this time. The health hazard of this toxic material is increased however bythe fact of the high water table in the area. Some exploratory soundings for
the drums appear to be indicated.
No evidence is shown that there had been any prior soil surface preparationwhere landfilling or fire protection training took place at the Chanute AFB.Had there been any clay or plastic sheet underlayment at the disposal sites,there might have been some concern that any cover vegetation would breach theliners. Since liners do not exist in this instance, there does not seem to be
any harm in promoting cover growth of agricultural and some silvicultural
materials. Vegetation would not only control water run—on but conversely alsorun—off. The vegetative cover might further act as a monitor of subsurfaceconditions in reacting to any toxic releases.The shallow aquifer is said to act as a recharger for lower aquifers posing afurther problem. Some precautjonacy pollution control steps may have to be
considered in the future.