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Stewart Air National Guard base entrance
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Air Force to prioritize PFAS cleanup at Stewart Air National Guard base in Orange County.

When you stop and think about it, archaeologists basically study stuff people left lying around. So how can they study a city that completely disappears every year?

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll experience the archaeology of Burning Man.

We’ll also hear how at least one graduating got a socially distant ceremony, and spend an Academic Minute studying the humanities.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two senior level Department of Defense officials were in Newburgh Thursday to update the public about their efforts to address PFOS water contamination emanating from Stewart Air National Guard base. The forum followed the DoD’s visit to Newburgh in November, when it first addressed the community about the PFOS contamination uncovered in May 2016.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from the Department of Defense will be in Newburgh next week. They will visit Stewart Air National Guard base and then hold a public forum about the PFOS water contamination emanating from the base.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York’s two U.S. senators say their amendment authorizing $45 million to reimburse communities and states for cleaning up PFOA and PFOS contamination passed in their chamber.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat

Connecticut Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has introduced legislation to provide disability compensation for the 1,600 U.S. airmen who were sent to Spain in 1966 to decontaminate the countryside after two U.S. Air Force jets carrying hydrogen bombs collided. The bombs fell to the ground. Blumenthal says the airmen were sent in without protective gear and were exposed to plutonium which led to cancer and other radiogenic conditions. 

7/31/14 Panel

Jul 31, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Activist Libby Post and Executive Editor of The Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include:
Libya Update
Growing Economy
Met Labor Talks
Air Force Changes
Suicide Blood Test

Official: Service Academy Games Will Go On

Oct 3, 2013
The U.S. Army/flickr

A senior defense official says U.S. military academy football teams will be on the field this weekend, despite the ongoing government shutdown.

The official said Wednesday the decision affects this weekend's games only, and future games will be evaluated as events unfold in the coming days.

The teams will be allowed to play because the games are paid for with non-appropriated funds, and have been long planned. Army is scheduled to travel to Boston College this weekend, and Air Force will play at Navy in Annapolis, Md.

Air Force Considers Basing F-35's at VT Air Guard

Apr 18, 2012

The United States Air Force will hold a public hearing next month on a plan to add F-35A fighter jets to the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington.  WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports…

The public has 45 days to comment on the draft environmental impact statement that was released on Friday.

The Air Force is looking at several different scenarios for where the jets would be based. Burlington is one of two preferred locations.