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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Air Force to Transfer 4,000 Acres at Mather AFB

  • August 9, 2011
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The Air Force will transfer more than 4,000 acres at the former Mather Air Force Base, including the airfield, to Sacramento County following the Environmental Protection Agency’s certification that groundwater treatment facilities are operating properly at the site, reported the Air Force Real Property Agency (AFRPA).

“This is a big deal,” said Phil Mook, senior representative of AFRPA’s western region.

Most of the base’s groundwater cleanup will be finished in about five years, the agency reported.

To date, the Air Force has spent more than $162 million to clean up Mather. More funds will be spent for ongoing monitoring and operation of groundwater treatment and soil cleanup systems, and maintenance and monitoring of landfill sites. Of the 89 contaminated sites at Mather, 75 are clean, AFRPA said.

Mather Airport is part of the Sacramento County Airport System.

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