The city of Dayton, Ohio, is suing a handful of manufacturers of firefighting foam — including the 3M Co., Buckeye Fire Equipment Co., Chemguard, Tyco Fire Products L.P., and National Foam — in response to the discovery of low levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the municipal water supply. Local water officials believe the contamination stems from the use of firefighting foam, and they have identified Wright-Patterson AFB and a city fire training center as possible sources, reports the Dayton Daily News. “Right now, the city of Dayton is on the hook for the cost of making sure these chemicals do not endanger our water supplies,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. … The University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrated its designation as a Purple Heart campus last week, a recognition that the school has taken extra care to support its military and veteran students during and after their time on campus. The event also celebrated the creation of the school’s Department of Military and Veteran Services, reports the Daily News-Miner. “This is a military town, and this is an organization, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, that supports its military,” said Jackie Morton, director of the new department. Fort Wainwright is adjacent to Fairbanks; Eielson AFB is about 25 miles from the university.
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