“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,” he said in an interview this week at Wright-Patterson. “It’s their health that potentially could be at risk.”
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The city of Dayton has detected per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) below a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency threshold of 70 parts per trillion near the Huffman Dam well field, but has not tested the shuttered wells directly.
Dayton faces a contamination hazard at its own firefighting site, and quietly shut down five nearby water drinking wells in 2016 at the Tait’s Hill well field as a precaution, officials said. Those wells had not been tested either, but officials say the water is safe and the contaminant has not be detected in treated water.
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“We’ll take each base and each situation as a standalone,” Donovan said. “We don’t think that there’s a one size (fits) all that going to be able to do this because different communities have different concerns and of course different situations.”