The Navy said it is taking aggressive actions to address elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds found in about 100 public and private wells near two former installations in suburban Philadelphia — Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster.The Navy’s March 22 statement came in response to questions from three Philadelphia-area congressmen about how the Navy dealt with the discovery of drinking water contamination believed to be caused by chemicals used in firefighting foam.The Navy said it is taking “aggressive, proactive actions to identify potential release sites, eliminate unacceptable exposures and conduct cleanup actions where the Navy is responsible for the contamination,” reported the Morning Call. The Air National Guard is responsible for some of the cleanup, the Navy said, as an Air Guard unit has been located at Willow Grove for decades.The chemicals discovered — PFOA and PFOS — in ground and drinking water near the former installations in 2013 and 2014 are being assessed as “emerging contaminants” by the Environmental Protection Agency.The Navy and Air National Guard Bureau previously agreed to pay about $19 million for cleanup efforts, including installing filtration systems on public wells affected by the contamination, paying for public water purchases from surrounding water authorities to offset lost production, and providing bottled water and paying for hook-ups to public water to affected private well owners, according to the story.Earlier this month, the Defense Department said its plans to conduct tests at 664 sites across the nation where chemicals from firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater and possibly spread to drinking water. Tests at two of 28 Navy sites indicated elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds — Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress, Va. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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Declaring him persona non-grata in Kachua upazila, a group of women on Friday brought out a ‘broom procession’ against Awami League-nominated candidate in Chandpur-1 constituency, Golam Hossain.The procession, led by female affairs secretary of upazila AL Rownak Ara Ratna, Mohila AL upazila unit president Salma Sahid and its general secretary Taslima Chowdhury, started from in front of the upazila AL office in the afternoon.It ended at Kachua bypass road after parading the main roads of the upazila headquarters.Later, the processionists burned the effigy of Golam Hossain, also former chairman of National Board of Revenue (NRB).Speaking on the occasion, Ratna said Golam Hossain has no connection with the upazila Awami League.”Leaders and activists of upazila AL and its associate bodies won’t accept anyone except Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in this constituency,” she said.The ruling party handed out nomination papers to both Mohiuddin and Golam Hossain for contesting the upcoming general election from Chandpur-1 (Kachua) constituency.Both of them also filed nomination papers to the returning officer.