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Enviro Group Claims Texas AFB Water Unsafe for Migrant Children, DoD Disagrees

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Dyess AFB in Abilene is a training center for Air Force fire crews. Their firefighting chemicals are feared to have contaminated the water supply there.

The environmental group Sierra Club says the drinking water at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene may be contaminated and possibly unsafe for children. 

A 2015 report by investigative news site The Intercept identified Dyess as a fire and crash training site for the Air Force. Chemicals from firefighting foams are feared to be in the water supply.

In a statement, the Sierra Club said the Trump administration was "literally threatening the lives of those who come to our country seeking a better life."

But a 2017 test of the Dyess water supply by the Department of Defense, refutes the Sierra Club’s claim. In a statement from last June, the DOD said the water at Dyess had been tested and proved "safe and free from health hazards."