U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wainwright invites all residents of Fort Wainwright and the Fairbanks North Star Borough to attend a public meeting designed to provide an overview of the environmental cleanup that has been accomplished at the Former Communications Site, also known as Taku Gardens, and to hear the Army’s future plans for an unoccupied housing development on post.
The meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairbanks Princess Hotel. The doors will open at 6 p.m. A short presentation will begin at 7 p.m. with questions and topics of discussion to follow immediately after the presentation.
There will be a brief overview of the projects and allow participants to ask questions and interact with representatives from the Army, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation military contaminated sites programs.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear a briefing describing the work that has been accomplished at this site; look at static displays of the types of materials found during the remedial investigation; learn about the types of sampling conducted on the site and see posters that chronicle the work completed at the site.
Copies of the reports will be available for public review at the Noel Wien Public Library, 1215 Cowles Street, the post library, Building 3700 Santiago Avenue, and the U.S. Army Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Office, Building 3023, Engineer Place, Fort Wainwright. Information is also available on the public website, www.wainwright.army.mil/env/Restoration_News.html
Individuals without Defense Department ID cards interested in reviewing the documents on post should allow additional time to get a pass at the Visitor’s Center at the main gate.
The U.S. Army encourages the public to participate in the decision-making process by offering comments on the Proposed Plan and After Action Memorandum.
The public comment period is open Jan. 14 through Feb. 12.