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MCAS Beaufort held open houses at Laurel Bay

March 31, 2017


MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. (March 30, 2017) –Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort held an informational open house forum in Laurel Bay on 28 and 29 March to provide information regarding upcoming soil gas sampling scheduled to begin April 10, 2017. To date, more than 80 samples have been analyzed and 26 more properties are scheduled to be tested in the next phase of soil gas sampling. The open house also afforded residents an opportunity to gather information about the ongoing Public Health Review from subject matter experts. The open house events took place at the Laurel Bay Youth Center from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M each night.

Attendees were provided basic information and had an opportunity to speak firsthand about the sampling and testing process with technical experts, health professionals, and command representatives assembled specifically to address concerns.

Between 2007 and 2015, MCAS Beaufort removed all known out-of-service heating oil underground storage tanks (USTs) from the approximately 1,100 homesites in Laurel Bay. As part of the removal process, the air station sampled soil and in some cases ground water, to determine if heating oil escaped from any of the USTs, and if it did, to what extent. This was done in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental “The Noise you Hear is the Sound of Freedom” 2 Control (SCDHEC) and in accordance with guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As a next step to the sampling, the air station has initiated soil gas sampling to determine if any UST leaks may have resulted in the potential for heating oil vapors to filter up through the soil and into homes. This sampling procedure also follows a protocol established with the SCDHEC following suggested vapor intrusion testing processes recently released by the EPA. While soil, water, and gas sampling is ongoing, results of soil gas sampling to date have indicated no occurrence of vapor intrusion or health risks at the homes. Status updates and results will be provided as sampling progresses.

In an effort to protect the privacy of our Marines, sailors, and their families and enable them to hear this information firsthand, these open house events were not open to media.

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For all inquiries regarding the Laurel Bay Health Study call 843-228-6229 or email us at laurelbayhealthstudy@usmc.mil.

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Public Affairs
P.O. Box 55001, Beaufort, SC 29904-5002

Phone: (843) 228-7225 Fax: (843) 228-6005