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Environmental Assessment for the Replacement of the JP-8 Transfer Pipeline between the 6000 Area and 400 Area at Tyndall Air Force Base Bay County, Florida

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This document supports the Environmental Impact Analysis Process at Tyndall AFB, Florida for the replacement of a fuel transfer pipeline at the base. The proposed action involves replacing the existing 7,500 linear foot underground fuel pipeline connecting the Bulk Fuel Storage Area 6000 Area and the Refueling Operating Area 400 Area. The existing pipeline consists of single-walled piping that has no leak detection system. This existing pipeline does not comply with the current Florida Department of Environmental Protection FDEP regulation Florida Administrative Code 62-761.5112d, which requires tank systems to be double-walled construction if underground. To prevent further noncompliance, FDEP and the Air Force entered into a consent order Office of General Counsel File Number 09-4068 to allow the Defense Logistics Agency DLA sufficient time to get projects funded and make the necessary upgrades to the bulk fuel storage tanks and fuel transfer pipeline to bring them into regulatory compliance. The consent order provides a legal mechanism for the base to continue operating the bulk fuel storage tanks and fuel transfer pipeline past the 1 January 2010 regulatory deadline while upgrades are planned and implemented. Moreover, as part of the Air Forces response, DLA proposed a schedule of actions that included a commitment to fund the required upgrades and complete construction by the 2018 deadline established in the consent order. This EA focuses on the replacement of the JP-8 transfer pipeline. Three different pipeline alignments between the 6000 Area and 400 Area are evaluated as part of this EA. The three proposed alignments form the three different action alternatives considered. A no action alternative is also evaluated.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Fuels
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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