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Testing on wells near Duluth Air National Guard base to continue

Three of 15 wells tested last year near Duluth's Air National Guard base had trace amounts of chemicals from firefighting foam used years ago by base firefighters

The levels of perfluorochemicals, also known as PFCs, found in the three wells were below the Minnesota Department of Health's health-based risk limits The 12 other wells sampled contained no PFCs, according to a news release from the 148th Fighter Wing

Residents can expect their wells to be retested in the future in an effort to document any changes in PFC levels

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the potential health risks of PFCs in drinking water are being studied at the state and federal levels At high concentrations, some types of PFCs have harmed the liver

From 1960 to 1987, the air base site was used to train Air Force and Air National Guard firefighters During training, fires were set using jet fuel, oil and other fuels and then extinguished with firefighting foam suspected to contain PFCs

The area was tested several times between 1993 and 2007 In 2007, five of six test locations found low levels of PFCs As a result, the MPCA ordered that a survey be completed last year within a 1¾-mile radius of the site to determine if the chemicals have traveled beyond the site

Published January 25 2011
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune


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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
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"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



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