Gov. Wolf to sign Willow Grove naval base water cleanup bill

Tony Romeo
November 19, 2019 - 10:18 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf will sign a bill to address the costs of removing contaminants from water at the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station and other military installations. The bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk. 

The bill to become law would redirect a portion of tax revenue generated by the future redevelopment of former military installations, including the Willow Grove base, to create the Military Installation Remediation Fund. The money would be used to mitigate local surcharges on ratepayers and to address PFAS water contamination caused by the military installation. 

Democrat Maria Collett, whose district includes the former Willow Grove station, spoke as the state Senate gave final approval.

“My district is home to several former and active military bases that used firefighting foams containing dangerous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — PFAS — for decades,” she said.

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She voted for the bill, despite her concerns that it does not do enough to make sure that everyone with a stake in revitalization of PFAS-contaminated communities gets aid.