HomeNewsArticle Display

Engineers garner DOD environmental restoration award

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFPN) -- Dover Air Force Base was recently named the winner of the 2006 Secretary of Defense Environmental Restoration Award.

Members of the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron garnered the recognition for managing the best environmental restoration program in the Department of Defense.

Earlier this year, Dover AFB won the Air Force Gen. Thomas D. White Environmental Restoration Award, placing it in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards competition against the winners from the other DOD components.

In the end, the flight was judged to be the "best of the best," within the DOD, said Jo Ann Deramo, the 436th CES Environmental Flight manager.

The purpose of the DOD Environmental Restoration Program is to clean up contamination that was released into the environment from historical waste-handling practices and industrial processes.

"Today's waste-handling practices and processes are environmentally friendly," Mrs. Deramo said. "In the past, industrial wastes were disposed of in open pits, unlined landfills, and other ways that caused chemicals to contaminate soil and groundwater."

The objective of the ERP is to support the warfighting mission by restoring contaminated sites for base use as quickly and cost effectively as possible, while protecting human health and the environment.

Dover AFB is listed on the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List, also known as the "Superfund," due to the presence of contamination from 59 historical contaminant release sites located on the base. In 2006, Dover AFB's restoration team completed cleanup remedies at all 59 sites, making the base one of only six Air Force NPL facilities to achieve this milestone.

Mrs. Deramo did not complete the task alone. Her technical team included Robert Wikso, an environmental specialist also with the flight, and scientists and technical experts from several other state- and national-level environmental agencies.

Dover AFB representatives will travel to Washington, D.C., June 7 to be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Pentagon. 

Comment on this story (comments may be published on Air Force Link)

Click here to view the comments/letters page

Engage

Facebook Twitter
To all those who helped establish the long blue line past, present and future, we honor you and we remember with th… https://t.co/teymF7proy
#ASC19: "We’re all in this together trying to make your service to country the best experience on the planet. We w… https://t.co/rdbCDBJr2c
#VCSAF Gen. Stephen Wilson speaks on what makes the #AirForce unique. #ASC19 https://t.co/gStwUZoaQC
RT @AFSpace: @AstroHague takes #aimhigh to the extreme by celebrating the @usairforce's birthday from the @Space_Station! #FrontiersofBlue
RT @VP: Happy 72nd birthday to the @usairforce! On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you to the amazing men and women of the Air Force for…
#ASC19: There's a challenge to maintain warfighting capabilities until new bombers and missiles arrive. Hear more f… https://t.co/SWB3VjNod8
#ASC19: Want to know which three acquisition trends #AirForce acquisition experts believe should "go viral?" Click… https://t.co/hsiH3oQXOX
RT @NSAGov: Happy Birthday to the @usairforce! For 72 years you've taught us to aim high. We look forward to continuing to fly, fight, and…
RT @AFGlobalStrike: The Air Force is celebrating 72 years of service, so here is 72 seconds of Global Strike Command! #USAFBday #ThisIs72 h…
Moments like this one between @GenDaveGoldfein and retired Col. Charles McGee remind us of where we've been as we f… https://t.co/LlhJhfdHQb
ICYMI: @ActingSecAF Matthew Donovan announced Sept. 16 at #ASC19 that the B-21 Raider is being produced in Northrop… https://t.co/XTsOnLwrTw
ICYMI: @ActingSecAF Matthew P. Donovan announced on Sept. 16 at #ASC19 that the Air Force’s all-new advanced traine… https://t.co/9MULuV7vFN
RT @USNavy: To be young again... #HappyBirthday, @usairforce! Congrats on 72 years playing a key role in the National Defense Strategy. He…
RT @USArmy: Join us in wishing the @usairforce a #happybirthday! They may have separated from the Army in 1947, but they have been trail br…
RT @ActingSecAF: Thanks @EsperDoD for speaking at @AirForceAssoc #ASC19 & chatting with our exceptional #Airmen who are dedicated to sharpe…
.@CMSAF18: Be a good human being... https://t.co/mxT3sLg4fp
.@CMSAF18: The RTP was a call to action for all of us to be leaders of conviction. Provide Airmen hope. Provide the… https://t.co/FEdmldGHXj
.@CMSAF18: Persistence, passion, perseverance. Being an #Airmen is tough. We must have grit in us. We can't quit wh… https://t.co/iPj3wRx0fl
.@CMSAF18: Lead with conviction, stand up for what you believe in.