State and local officials criticized the Pentagon for dragging its feet after it released a draft report last week confirming that Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., was the source of PFAS contamination in Washington Lake, the drinking water supply used by the city of Newburgh. The state ordered the lake closed nearly two years ago following its own investigation; it then placed the installation on New York’s Superfund list and ordered DOD to clean up the site. Newburgh is now using state funding to buy water from New York City, reported the Times Herald-Record. “Sadly, the information they provided offers nothing new,” said Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino. “We really need the DOD to comprehend that this toxic water crisis is a national defense emergency, requiring a rapid response from the very institution sworn to defend us.” … The first trans-Atlantic flight by a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft was completed last week after taking off from the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. An MQ-9B Predator, built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., a Grand Sky tenant, began its 3,000-mile-plus flight Tuesday before landing at Royal Air Force Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. The flight was intended to demonstrate the technology that allows UAS to fly alongside private and commercial aircraft, reported Defense News.
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