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Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:18 PM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The second highest-ranking civilian leader in the Air Force says the service branch has approached Congress about how to send money to communities impacted by tainted groundwater contamination from nearby bases.
The city of Dayton has pressed the Air Force for nearly $1 million to cover the costs of an environmental study and testing to determine the extent a firefighting foam contaminant potentially threatens the Huffman Dam well field that was shut down as a precaution last April. The city says the contamination could migrate from Wright-Patterson — which temporary shuttered two tainted wells on base — but the Air Force has said under an environmental federal law it cannot reimburse the city for its costs.
The Air Force is working with Senate and House defense committees to put language in a future defense authorization bill that would permit reimbursement for those kinds of expenses communities may pay to cover out of pocket, according to Undersecretary of the Air Force Matthew P. Donovan.
“The Air Force wants to be good neighbors in our community and we’re very concerned about issues like this because our Air Force members are actually a part of the community, too,” he said in an interview this week at Wright-Patterson. “It’s their health that potentially could be at risk.”
The city of Dayton has detected per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) below a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency threshold of 70 parts per trillion near the Huffman Dam well field, but has not tested the shuttered wells directly.
Dayton faces a contamination hazard at its own firefighting site, and quietly shut down five nearby water drinking wells in 2016 at the Tait’s Hill well field as a precaution, officials said. Those wells had not been tested either, but officials say the water is safe and the contaminant has not be detected in treated water.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:48 AM
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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:20 AM
ENGLEWOOD — A FedEx truck crashed off westbound Interstate 70 during snowy conditions early Wednesday morning.
The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on westbound I-70 near the Hoke Road exit in Englewood.
The semi appears to have been hauling two trailers. The semi is in the ditch, and the exit ramp onto Hoke Road is blocked.
Several crashes and slide-offs have been reported across the area. A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:26 AM
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect as a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through the morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren counties until 8 p.m.
Snow is falling steady, and drifting will be a problem with gusts reaching 25 to 35 mph.
Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .
Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.
The following is a list of crashes being reported across the area:
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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:39 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:20 AM
MONTGOMERY COUNTY — UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Power has been restored to nearly all customers in Montgomery County after over 3,000 people were without power early Wednesday morning.
UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: Over 1,400 customers are still without power in Montgomery County, per the DP&L outage map.
Crews are working to restore power to residents, which is believed to be a result of the inclement weather.
Over 3,000 customers are without power in Montgomery County, according to the DP&L outage site.
DP&L has been preparing for a possible outage due to the inclement weather and this instance is believed to be weather related.
Crews are out working to fix the issue.