Chief, BRAC Program Management Division
Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC)
Dr. Stephen “Steve” TerMaath is the Chief of the BRAC Program Management Division in the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Installations Directorate, San Antonio, TX. Dr. TerMaath’s division is responsible for executing the environmental programs and real and personal property disposal for the 40 U.S. Air Force bases being closed or realigned under the authority of the Base Closure and Realignment legislation.
Dr. TerMaath has extensive experience in managing and executing restoration programs, research and development, and finding solutions to unique and challenging environmental problems with over 35 years in the military, private sector and civil service.
Dr. TerMaath received both his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Civil Engineering and his Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in environmental engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
SESSION KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Air Force Meets Challenges of PFOS/PFOA at Closed Installations
With the EPA health advisory standard of 0.07 µg/l for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid/ perfluorooctanic acid (PFOS/PFOA) in drinking water as a basis for action, the Air Force is taking aggressive steps to protect public drinking water supplies that may be impacted by our use of firefighting foam containing the compounds. The Air Force Base Realignment and Closure Program (BRAC) is a leader in this effort, and continues to take measures to protect communities associated with former installations. This presentation will discuss AF actions at BRAC installations to identify where AFFF releases have occurred, assessment of potentially impacted drinking water supplies, mitigations used to protect drinking water supplies, community relations and lessons learned.