Former Reese Air Force Base Lubbock, TX

Beginning in the 1970s, the United States Air Force (USAF) started using Aqueous Film Forming Foam (“AFFF”) to extinguish petroleum-based fires. It contains PFAS, which are synthetic fluorinated organic compounds used in non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabric and carpeting, and other materials.

Two of the PFAS have been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as emerging contaminants.

The USAF is working closely with the EPA and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to investigate the extent of this contamination and assist groundwater users in the affected areas near the former Reese Air Force base.

HPWD receives updates from the USAF regarding the situation.

Any inquiries or concerns should be directed to Paul Carroll, USAF, at (806) 885-5010 or by email at paul.carroll.1@us.af.mil