EPA ID# WA9571924647
EPA Region 10
Spokane County

5th Congressional District

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Last Update: April, 2010

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Fairchild Air Force Base, located 12 miles west of Spokane, Washington, occupies approximately 4,300 acres of land. The base was established by the Army in 1942 as an aircraft repair depot, a role that remained a component of its mission until 1953. In 1947, the base was transferred to the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command with a primary mission of supporting heavy bomber and associated air refueling aircraft. In 1994, Fairchild’s bomber mission ended, and the base was realigned to create the largest air refueling wing in the Air Force.

During past base activities, the equivalent of over 4,000 drums of solvents, paint wastes, plating sludge, and related industrial wastes have been disposed at various locations across the base. Investigation of these areas began in 1984 under the Air Force’s Installation Restoration Program (IRP). An assessment of the base initially identified four areas of concern, covering approximately 85 acres. Those waste areas consisted of Building 1034's dry well system, two inactive landfills, and a wastewater lagoon system that received stormwater and industrial discharges. On the basis of those four areas, Fairchild was proposed to be placed on the National Priorities List. To date, a total of 39 areas of concern have been identified, including two fire training areas, several spill sites, industrial discharge points, oil/water separators, and stormwater ditches.

Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through federal actions. The Air Force is the lead agency for the cleanup at Fairchild. The State of Washington Department of Ecology is the lead regulatory agency.

NPL Listing HistoryDates
Proposed Date:06/24/1988
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Final Date:03/13/1989
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Media Affected: Groundwater, Soil & Sludges, Air
Groundwater, soil, and sediments are contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), primarily trichloroethylene (TCE), as well as semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and inorganic compounds. People who ingest or come into direct contact with contaminated groundwater may suffer adverse health effects. The sand and gravel beneath the site allows contaminants to migrate into the groundwater, as well as allowing contaminated groundwater to migrate across the base and beyond the base boundaries. Volatilization of compounds such as TCE, found dissolved within shallow ground water, can pose a threat to the occupants of some buildings.

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SITE MANAGER(S):Chuck Hinds (state)
E-MAIL ADDRESS:chin461@ecy.wa.gov
PHONE NUMBER:360-407-7210

Jonathan Williams (EPA Contact)
Information pertaining to this site is housed at the following location(s):
Fairchild AFB Environmental Flight (Administrative Record)
Fairchild AFB, WA 99011

Spokane Falls Community College Library (Information Repository)
West 3410 Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224