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Combine Solicitation - FA8903-14-BAA-0001 AFICA PFAS AFCECBAA-14-001

February 6, 2014

Notice Type: Combine Solicitation

Posted Date: 05-FEB-14

Office Address: Department of the Air Force; Air Force Installation Contracting (AFICA); 1940 Allbrook DrBldg 1, Door 1, Room 300, Cubicle 481 Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-5344

Subject: FA8903-14-BAA-0001 AFICA PFAS AFCECBAA-14-001

Classification Code: A - Research & Development

Solicitation Number: FA890314BAA0001AFICAPFASAFCECBAA14001

Contact: Scott L Earle, Phone 2103958126, Email

Description: Department of the Air Force

Air Force Installation Contracting (AFICA)

Air Force Installation Contracting (AFICA)


This solicitation constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), Environmental Directorate (CZ) under FAR 6.102(d) (2). This announcement seeks out proposals that demonstrate and validate innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective technologies and/or methodologies that will lead to more efficient and effective solutions for environmental restoration and compliance concerns across the Air Force and serve the Air Force's future environmental needs. Validated technologies and methodologies must comply with all applicable regulatory requirements, policies and guidance in the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP), Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP), as well as Compliance Programs such as Air, Water Quality, Hazardous Waste, Pollution Prevention and Solid Waste. This solicitation is not to test theoretical concepts or technologies and methodologies that currently exist solely in a laboratory research and development (R&D) phase or that have already been tested and validated multiple times in the field (i.e., a service). The Environmental Directorate Program areas of need for this announcement are:

Restoration Statement of Needs (SONs):

* a. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) Remediation Treatment Train Technologies: Proposals should focus on demonstration and validation of multiple treatment technologies (i.e., treatment trains) for PFASs in source areas including soil and groundwater that were impacted by use and/or disposal of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF). State of the science (e.g., Vecitis et al., [2009]) indicates that simple oxidative and reductive approaches may not work with these recalcitrant compounds as independent remedial options. In addition, the Air Force prefers in situ remediation technologies; however, PFAS remediation challenges may dictate the use of ex situ technologies. For example, treatment trains as part of an existing pump and treatment system may be appropriate. Offerors should consider any relative successes or failures as highlighted by Vecitis et al., 2009, the AFCEC Restoration BAA Program, and Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development and Environmental Security Technology Certification Programs (SERDP/ESTCP). Furthermore, Offerors should be aware of ongoing studies funded through the AFCEC BAA Program and DoD SERDP/ESTCP to avoid redundancy.

Vecitis, C.D., H. Park, J. Cheng, B.T. Mader, and M.R. Hoffmann. 2009. Treatment technologies for aqueous perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA). Front. Environ. Sci. Engin. China 3(2):129-151.

* b. PFASs Remediation Mass Balance: Proposals should focus on methods to assess the environmental PFAS mass balance resulting from AFFF-impacted media (i.e., soil and groundwater). Currently, PFAS mass balance has been difficult to assess in the environment due to complex degradation pathways along with the fact that most AFFF-impacted sites are confounded by existing remediation technologies designed to treat co-occurring contaminants (e.g., petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents), which influence AFFF fate. Additionally, degradation process should be addressed to truly understand the PFAS mass balance. Furthermore, Offerors should be aware of ongoing studies funded through AFCEC BAA Program and DoD SERDP/ESTCP to avoid redundancy.

* c. PFASs Sensor: Proposals should focus on demonstration and validation of a patent pending, patented, and/or commercially available real-time field sensor for PFASs with particular emphasis on PFOS and PFOA in groundwater in order to optimize the Air Force's programmatic Preliminary Assessment/Site Inspection (PA/SI) and Remedial Investigation (RI) efforts, as well as additional cross-program benefits for the Air Force's compliance and pollution prevention programs. Furthermore, Offerors should be aware of ongoing studies funded through AFCEC BAA Program and DoD SERDP/ESTCP to avoid redundancy.

Compliance SONs:

* d. Methods to Process Water/Sludge from Oil Water Separators (OWS) Units: Proposals should identify new or innovative technologies or methodologies to process sludge removed from OWS units. The Air Force operates over 3,200 OWS units that collect over 500,000 gallons of sludge annually. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) alone operates 120 OWS units. The waste collected from the OWSs in 2012 consisted of 9,000 gallons of oil, 10,000 gallons of sludge and 10,000 gallons of water. The proposals should identify a process that will streamline the waste treatment and disposal process. The process must remove enough water from the sludge so that it can be disposed to land and the water must be clean enough to be disposed of to the sewer. The proposals must demonstrate a complete return on investment (ROI). ROI should include; operating cost, estimated manpower, cost to test the waste prior to final disposal (per RCRA hazardous waste requirements), and any other applicable costs. Oil removed from the waste stream will be recycled. Water removed from the process will be sent to the sewer and tested quarterly and therefore testing cost does not need to be included. JBER will be the location to test and demonstrate the process. The building available for the treatment process includes a 2900 square foot fenced pole barn with eight inches of freeboard and a 2500 square foot heated building with three 10 foot garage doors also with eight inches of freeboard. Furthermore, Offerors should be aware of ongoing studies funded through the DoD SERDP/ESTCP to avoid redundancy.

* e. Drinking Water Sensor Technology to Comply with Safe Drinking Water Act: Air Force installations operate community public water systems as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Installations must fully comply with all primary and secondary drinking water standards (See 40 CFR, Chapter 1, Subchapter D, Part 141, National Primary Drinking Water Regulations). The number of regulatory enforcement actions has been constant across the Air Force, with little to no evidence the trend will reduce in future years. It is expected drinking water system maintenance manpower and resources will be further reduced under current budget constraints. Installations receive violations most often for Total Coliform Rule (TCR) violations, and often exceedances of the Disinfection-By-Product Rule. On occasion violations to the lead and copper rule occur. The Air Force needs more effective, proactive, and efficient means to monitor and predict primary drinking water regulatory compliance failures. The Air Force has no proactive sensor technologies installed or available to help maintenance personnel identify problems before they become SDWA maximum contaminant level exceedances or violations. The purpose of this SON is to seek economical approaches to apply sensor technology to enable proactive notification of impending system SDWA primary drinking water standard violation. Proposals should focus on demonstration and validation of a patented, patent pending and/or commercially available real-time field sensor to alert maintenance staff so corrective actions can be developed before violations occur. Be aware that Trimble is the approved AF hardware solution for GPS when developing proposals for this SON. Discussion on the application of current research on drinking water system sensor technology by the U.S. EPA should be included. The technology must be compatible with Air Force information technology agencies. Furthermore, Offerors should be aware of ongoing studies funded through the DoD SERDP/ESTCP to avoid redundancy.

* f. Standardized Ignition Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Monitoring: Proposals should identify methods for consolidating and standardizing the monitoring requirements of the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Stationary Compression ICE (ICE NSPS, 40 CFR Part 63 subpart IIII), the NSPS for Stationary Spark Ignition ICE (SI NSPS, 40 CFR Part 63 subpart JJJJ), and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Stationary Reciprocating ICE (RICE NESHAP, 40 CFR Part 63 subpart ZZZZ). These new or recently revised regulations require monitoring and recording of ICE runtimes which directly drive regulatory inspections, maintenance and testing. These runtimes are also required to be monitored to specifically identify actual ICE usage as maintenance, emergency, peak-shaving, or other usages. To add to the complexity, currently many ICE in the Air Force inventory are not equipped with runtime monitoring devices. Proposals should focus on demonstration and validation of patent pending, patented and/or commercial off the shelf equipment and methodologies for monitoring ICE runtimes to derive a simplified and standardized monitoring approach. The overall goal is to provide a consolidated standardized ICE monitoring methodology to be applied across the entire Air Force that will meet the requirements for the RICE NESHAP, ICE NSPS and the SI NSPS. Furthermore, Offerors should be aware of ongoing studies funded through the DoD SERDP/ESTCP to avoid redundancy.

* g. Chemical Fate and Transport of Jet Fuel Jettisoned: Proposals should identify the principles that govern the fate and transport of jet fuel (Jet-A, military) jettisoned by aircraft in the three major environmental media: air (atmosphere), water (surface water) and soil. Chemical transport is the processes moving a chemical through the environment, while chemical fate is the environmental deposition (either destruction or storage) over time. Proposals should focus on methods to assess the impact on air media and other environmental media to ensure an overall mass balance. The goal is to provide a standardized methodology to evaluate air and other media impacts associated with jet fuel jettison. Furthermore, Offerors should be aware of ongoing studies funded through the DoD SERDP/ESTCP to avoid redundancy.

Eligible Offerors/Applicants: This requirement is restricted to US - companies, academic institutions, non-profit institutions, and/or government agencies. Foreign participants and/or individuals may participate as subcontractors to the extent that such participants comply with any necessary Non-Disclosure Agreements, Security Regulations, Export Control Laws, and other governing statutes applicable under the circumstances.

Acquisition Overview: The AFCEC BAA is a two-step process that includes two phases of proposal submittals:

Phase I - submit a BAA PDF form to

Phase II - if invited, submit a full proposal that details the technology, the demonstration, and validation approach, and the costs for the proposed effort.

Relevant forms, samples and guides are found on FedBizOps and the AFCEC BAA Website. Evaluation criteria for Phase I are included in the proposal instruction document provided in this announcement. The anticipated award of AFCECBAA-14-001 is Fiscal Year 14, 3rd Quarter.

How to Apply: All Phase I white papers/pre-proposals must be submitted as a PDF form to the BAA email address Each electronic submission shall address only one area of need and shall be in accordance with this announcement. PHASE I SUBMITTALS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 4:00 PM CST, 19 MARCH 2014. Phase I submittals received after 19 MARCH 2014 will be handled according to the rules under FAR52.215-1(c) (3).

Evaluation/Notification: Phase I white papers/pre-proposals are evaluated by the Air Force's Technical Evaluation Board (TEB) using the evaluation criteria included with the proposal instructions. It is critical that proposals convey the requested information accurately and concisely to facilitate their review. Offerors whose proposals are judged innovative and that meet Air Force needs (as indicated in the Phase I evaluation criteria) are notified electronically via email to submit a proposal to Phase II (request for proposal); those not selected are notified accordingly. Offerors invited to submit a Phase II proposal are sent to key personnel contact information listed in Phase I white paper/pre-proposal along with a Request for Proposal (RFP) Package, Phase II instructions, how and when Phase II proposals are to be submitted to the Air Force. To be eligible for an award, submission of Phase I is required.


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