North Bay, Ont., and DND move to remediate 'forever chemicals' site that contaminated drinking water

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The City of North Bay, Ont. and the Department of National Defence (DND) are set to begin a $20-million project this spring to remediate a site contaminated with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — often referred to as “forever chemicals.”

From the early 1970s to mid-1990s, DND conducted training exercises at the city’s Jack Garland Airport with aqueous film-forming foams that contain PFAS. The foams seeped into the groundwater and contaminated wells and Trout Lake, the source of the municipality’s drinking water.

“These activities were conducted according to the accepted practices and regulations of the time,” DND spokesperson Kened Sadiku said in an email to CBC News.

PFAS are a family

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