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Pennsylvania boosts aid for clean water near military bases

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Municipalities in Pennsylvania that are paying to clean up water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds from military installations such as Willow Grove Naval Air Station will get more state help.

Legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf allows municipal authorities to get permission to redirect a portion of state tax revenue generated from the reuse of former military installations contaminated with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

The money could be used to eliminate surcharges that local ratepayers have been paying.

The legislation also directs a state water infrastructure agency, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, to create a program to help clean up the chemicals.

The state thus far has marshaled more than $20 million in aid for contamination in towns near Willow Grove and the former Naval Air Warfare Center.

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