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AIR FORCE BASE FACES SUIT OVER CONTAMINATED WELLS

A group of local residents is threatening to sue Griffiss Air Force Base, claiming the base poisoned their wells with chemicals and is to blame for a high cancer rate in their neighborhood.

The group, called the Rome-Floyd Residents Association, will not file the class-action lawsuit if the Air Force puts in a water line to provide residents with Rome city water, said spokeswoman Carmen Malagisi.

The Air Force says it won't accept the blame until its investigation is completed. But its own testing last July showed the wells at 16 neighboring homes are fouled with chemicals.

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