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The Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) manages the environmental cleanup of all Air Force bases. Past industrial activities have resulted in contamination of the soil and water at Travis AFB.

We are committed to restoring the soil and water to a condition that is protective of human health and the environment as quickly as possible. The Travis ERP staff, with input from three federal and state of California regulatory agencies and the local community, manages the cleanup effort.

The links located in the sidebar to the right provide access to information on our progress as well as connections to the primary environmental regulatory agencies that are involved with the ERP.

Environmental Restoration ProgramTravis Air Force Base hosts a rich eco-system within Solano County. There is an ongoing environmental cleanup program here to reduce the risk of chemical exposure, and protect human health and the environment. This program is called the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP).
tabEnvironmental Participation 
The public is encouraged to participate in the Travis AFB Environmental Restoration Program. Current information on the program can be found by navigating throughout this website.

To receive up-to-date information on progress of the ERP, you can get on our mailing list for The Guardian; the Travis AFB Environmental Restoration newsletter that is mailed each quarter to interested community members.

We also send out an electronic version of the newsletter (the E-Guardian) for those with Internet access who want to save paper and get the newsletter sooner. Tell us you want to be added to the mailing list of either the paper or electronic version by emailing us

One of the best ways to participate is to attend the quarterly Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meetings and make your opinions known. Below are several important links which will give you more information on the RAB and how to contact the RAB members, as well as a calendar of when public meetings are held.

Your participation in the Travis AFB environmental cleanup program is welcomed!

RAB - Click here for details on this important public Board

Events - Click here for a listing of current news and upcoming opportunities for your participation.
tabAir Installation Compatible Use Zone Study 
Travis AFB releases its 2009 Air Installation Compatibility Use Zone (AICUZ) Study.
tabDraft Environmental Assessment 
Draft Environmental Assesment
Travis AFB announces the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment to Repair Taxiway Lights and Shoulders on Travis AFB, CA for a 15 day public review and comment period.

Presently, paved taxiway shoulders have exceeded their useful life and are deteriorating, resulting in the creation of foreign object debris (FOD) which can be drawn into jet engine intakes. Most taxiway light circuits within the shoulders are also old and deteriorated, causing outages. Routine maintenance has become increasingly difficult and costly to perform. The Proposed Action will bring taxiway lights and shoulders up to Air Force standards for airfield lighting and design.

Because these taxiways are located the proximity of sensitive habitat, an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are required before construction can occur. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act 42 U.S.C. ยง4321 et seq, the Council of Environmental Quality regulations, 40 CFR 1500-1508 and the U.S. Air Force regulations 32 CFR 989, the draft Environmental Assessment is available for public review and comment.

Copies of the draft Environmental Assessment are available at the Vacaville Public Library Cultural Center, the Fairfield Civic Center Library, Suisun City Library and the Mitchell Memorial Library for public review. You may also view electronic copies of the draft Environmental Assessment and the FONSI by clicking the links below.

Interested community members may submit written comments to Mr. Chris Krettecos at 411 Airman Drive, Travis AFB, CA 94535 or fax comments to 707-424-5105.  Mr. Krettecos may also be reached at 707-424-7517. Comments must be received by 26 December 2013.

Draft EA for Taxiway Lights and Shoulders Repair 

Draft FONSI for Taxiway Lights and Shoulders Repair
tabEnvironmental Drinking Water Report 
Environmental Drinking Water ReportThis is the 2013 annual report on the quality of water delivered by Travis AFB.

Under the "Consumer Confidence Reporting Rule" of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), community water systems are required to report this water quality information to the consuming public.
Presented in this report is information on the source of our drinking water, its constituents and the health risks associated with any contaminants.
tabEnvironmental Restoration Schedule 

Next Restoration Advisory Board Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2016.  If you would like more information or need special accommodations for the RAB meeting, please contact Mark Smith at (707) 424-3062.

tabEnvironmental Management System 
Travis AFB is committed to excellence in all aspects of environmental stewardship activities using the Air Force Environmental Management System. This commitment and use of EMS applies to all activities, products and services associated with Travis AFB, its partner units and contractors.

Travis AFB is committed to compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations, and policy; reducing risks to the mission; preventing pollution and continuously improving environmental performance. Our goal is 100 percent compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local environmental requirements while sustaining our mission.

Travis AFB will promote environmental quality throughout the mission by integrating and maintaining an effective EMS; protecting human health and the environment; incorporating environmental commitments to applicable policies and programs; encouraging an environmental culture across all levels of management; enhancing relations with regulatory agencies; partnering with all stakeholders to promote resource conservation and achieving continual improvement to environmental performance.

The attached policy letter and slide presentation are made available as general awareness for all personnel who provide products, services or activities on Travis AFB. Questions regarding EMS should be directed to the EMS coordinator, at (707) 424-8225.

Travis AFB EMS Policy Statement

EMS General Awareness Training
tabHazardous Waste Management 
Hazardous Waste ManagementTravis AFB manages the proper handling of hazardous waste through a Hazardous Waste Storage Facility. The  HWSF operates under the provisions of a State of California Part-B Permit.

The base recently updated the contingency plan that is associated with the Part-B Permit to reflect organizational changes in the Travis AFB community.  

This link allows you to download a copy of the contingency plan.
tabJet Fuel Leak Investigation and Cleanup 
In February 2009, a petroleum leak was discovered along a pipeline that provides jet fuel to Travis AFB. Officials identified the source of the leak, shut down the pipeline temporarily, and began fuel recovery operations. Click here to download a fact sheet describing the initial response in more detail.

In March 2010, Travis AFB began collecting and analyzing soil and groundwater samples to determine the nature and extent of the petroleum contamination.  This site investigation showed more data is needed to identify the most appropriate cleanup technologies. Click here to download a fact sheet describing the site investigation in more detail.

In October 2010, Travis AFB conducted an excavation of the fuel-contaminated soil along the pipeline.  Once complete, the excavation void was10 feet wide by 60 feet long by 12 feet deep.  All contaminated soil was transported by truck to an appropriate landfill, and the void was backfilled with clean soil.  The objective of this excavation project was to remove as much of the petroleum contamination as possible.

In 2013, a Dual-Phase Extraction (DPE) system was installed to extract as much fuel from the subsurface as possible.  After a few months, it had removed over 3500 pounds of petroleum in the form of vapors and 350 pounds of petroleum liquid.  The DPE system was shut down to verify that most of the liquid had been removed.  In 2014, the DPE system will be run one last time to extract any residual liquid, followed by the introduction of a chemical oxidant.  The oxidant will stimulate the growth of naturally-occurring microbes that will break down the remaining fuel into harmless compounds.

By January 2016, it appeared that the oxidant had broken down the residual fuel.  The Solano County Department of Resource Management oversees this cleanup project, and at a November 2015 meeting Solano County personnel requested additional data to verify that the cleanup was complete.  So, the Air Force agreed to install two additional monitoring wells and analyze water samples from each well for four quarters (a total of one year).  In addition, multiple soil samples from different depths would be collected and analyzed for fuel constituents.  After this data is collected and Solano County is satisfied with the results, the Air Force hopes to remove all wells and return all impacted property to its original condition by the middle of 2017.

For more information, please contact Ms. Merrie Schilter-Lowe., 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office at (707) 424-0135; or Mr. Josuwa Bernardo, Solano County Department of Resource Management at (707) 784-6765.

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tabEnvironmental Feedback
If you would like to provide feedback on this website, its contents, or on any matter concerning the Travis AFB Environmental Cleanup Program, please email the base Environmental Coordinator at

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