City of Westfield - Intergovernmental agreement with the United States Department of the Air Force
ACTING MAYOR RALPH J. FIGY
59 Court Street Westfield MA 01085
Telephone: (413) 572-6201 Fax: (413) 572-6274
For Immediate Release
December 5, 2019
On September 26, 2019 the City of Westfield entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the United States Department of the Air Force. This intergovernmental agreement, which was pursuant to Congressional legislation, authorized the United States Department of the Air Force to reimburse the City of Westfield for costs incurred between January 2, 2017 and September 28, 2018 to treat water sources contaminated with PFOS and PFOA in exceedance of the EPA’s lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion where the exceedance of these levels were the result of activities conducted by or paid for by the United States Air Force.
The amount of the relevant costs the City of Westfield incurred during that time period was one million, three hundred fifty thousand, nine hundred seventeen dollars and twenty six cents ($1,350,917.26). I am very happy to announce that on December 2, 2019 the City of Westfield received these funds.
I would like to congratulate Dave Billips and his staff for all the hard work that enabled this to happen. Sue Phillips and the rest of the law department should also be congratulated for a job well done. As has been stated previously, the City will continue to pursue all available avenues of recovery.