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Air Force to allocate another $13.5M for PFAS cleanup around Wurtsmith

Submitted by on February 28, 2020 – 12:38 amNo Comment

The United States Air Force will allocate another $13.5 million to help cover the cost of PFAS remediation efforts around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda.

The funding comes from $60 million that Congress had recently provided the Department of Defense to spend to address PFAS contamination at decommissioned bases around the country.

“When I brought Assistant Air Force Secretary Henderson to Oscoda last year, the message was clear: the Air Force must do more to cleanup PFAS contamination that has devastated the Oscoda community,” said Senator Gary Peters. “I joined my colleagues in pressing for more funding at Wurtsmith because Michiganders deserve answers and actions.”

According to Barbara Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force has spent $14.23 million on PFOS and PFOA investigations and mitigations at the former Oscoda base, through fiscal year 2019.