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    Dallas Sues Navy Again, with Hensley Field Redevelopment Plans in Limbo

    Dallas Sues Navy Again, with Hensley Field Redevelopment Plans in Limbo

    Dallas is once again suing to try to force the U.S. Navy to finish cleaning up a contaminated former naval airfield after the branch has blown its previous deadline to clear the site by seven years.

    Dallas is seeking damages and a firm timeline in a lawsuit filed this month saying the Navy has breached the terms of a 2002 legal settlement agreement to have the soil and groundwater at Hensley Field clean by 2017. The says its plans to redevelop the 738-acre property that borders Mountain Creek Lake in southwestern Dallas are in limbo indefinitely as the cleanup effort drags on with no apparent finish line and as the contamination continues to diminish the land's market value.

    The city says the Navy has given no definitive timetable on when the site will be clear of contaminants, such as pre- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as . The compounds can be hazardous to humans and studies have shown that they could lead to increased risks of cancer, liver damage, pregnancy complications, birth defects and other health effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “The United States has failed to keep multiple binding promises to remediate the significant environmental contamination caused by its decades-long use of the Hensley Field site,” the city said in an Aug. 2 complaint filed with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. “As a result, Dallas cannot implement its master

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