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Legislative Change Needed to Allow DOD to Repay Communities Addressing Contamination Air

first_imgThe Air Force is working with the House and Senate Armed Services committees to insert language in a future defense authorization bill permitting the federal government to reimburse communities for out-of-pocket expenses incurred following the discovery of contamination in their drinking water supplies stemming from past use of fire-fighting foam at nearby installations, Undersecretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan said this week during a visit to Wright-Patterson AFB. The Air Force has told Dayton, Ohio, that federal law prevents it from reimbursing the city for the cost of an environmental study and testing of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination threatening  off-base wells, reports the Dayton Daily News.“The Air Force wants to be good neighbors in our community and we’re very concerned about issues like this because our Air Force members are actually a part of the community too,” Donovan said.Air Force photo by Breanne Humphreys Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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