Accession Number : ADA636191

Title :   Construction of Open Burning Facility Moody Air Force Base, Georgia Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact

Corporate Author : 23D AIR FORCE WING MOODY AFB GA

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Report Date : Jan 2009

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : Moody Air Force Base (AFB) proposes to construct an open burning facility for the disposal of vegetative debris from grounds maintenance activities on the installation. The purpose of this action is to safely dispose of vegetative debris through burning in lieu of deposition in a landfill. Previously, vegetative debris was disposed of by shredding in a tub grinder and being stored as mulch. However, this method of vegetation disposal was extremely expensive to operate, and the quality of the mulch was too poor for commercial use, either by an off-base contractor or Moody AFB personnel, resulting in tons of stored mulch throughout the installation. The stored mulch was considered a fire hazard, hampered military training, and was aesthetically unpleasing. Additionally, the use of a tub grinder by Moody AFB was not supported by the installation's major command, Air Combat Command (ACC), and funding for the operation and maintenance of the tub grinder was withdrawn from the Grounds Maintenance Contract. Therefore, an alternative method of disposing of vegetative debris is required. The proposed open burning facility will consist of a 2.5-acre fenced compound to secure and store accumulated vegetative debris. A temporary bum pit 9 feet wide by 30-feet long and 8 to 10-feet deep will be constructed for quarterly burning with an air curtain incinerator, a portable or stationary combustion device that directs a plane of high velocity forced draft air through a manifold head into a pit with vertical walls in such a manner as to maintain a curtain of air over the surface of the pit and a recirculating motion of air under the curtain. The pit will be filled in following the completion of the bum, and a new pit will be dug each quarter.


Subject Categories : Structural Engineering and Building Technology
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE