Air Force Agrees to Reimburse West Virginia City for Chemical Cleanup

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Firefighters from the 167th Airlift Wing extinguish an engine fire on the mobile aircraft fire simulator provided by West Virginia University State Fire Academy during annual Federal Aviation Administration Part 139 Live Fire Training at Martinsburg, W.Va., Oct. 13-14, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Timothy Sencindiver)
Firefighters from the 167th Airlift Wing extinguish an engine fire on the mobile aircraft fire simulator provided by West Virginia University State Fire Academy during annual Federal Aviation Administration Part 139 Live Fire Training at Martinsburg, W.Va., Oct. 13-14, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Timothy Sencindiver)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Air Force has agreed to reimburse $4.9 million to the city of Martinsburg, West Virginia, for expenses related to the 2016 cleanup of hazardous chemicals from the city's water supply.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia announced the agreement Wednesday.

A statement released by Capito's office says the Environmental Protection Agency identified high levels of contamination linked to chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl (pol-ee-floor-oh-AL'-kil) substances, or PFAs. The EPA mandated that additional water filtration systems be installed at a treatment plant.

The statement says the source of the contamination was revealed to be firefighting foam used by the Air National Guard at the Eastern Regional Airport.

Similar contamination has been found at dozens of military sites across the nation.

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