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Efforts to Deal with Former Air Force Base Contamination Get Boost

Map of Wurtsmith AFB (U.S. Air Force)
Map of Wurtsmith AFB (U.S. Air Force)

OSCODA, Mich. — Efforts to deal with drinking water contamination at and near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base are getting a $1 million boost from the state of Michigan.

MLive.com reports the budget signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder includes money for state agencies to dig monitoring wells, distribute in-home filters and connect residents of Iosco County's Oscoda Township with private wells to municipal water.

The money follows $100,000 from the Legislature.

Separately, a $500,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is being sought to extend water mains and bring treated water into affected areas.

The U.S. Air Force and the Department of Health and Human Services in December discovered perfluorinated compounds in drinking water wells near the former base in Oscoda. Firefighting foams contaminated the groundwater and the Au Sable River.

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