PFAS Update: Navy to Test Wells outside NAS Jacksonville; Risks Posed from Consuming Fish Exposed to Contaminants, New Jersey Finds

PFAS Update: Navy to Test Wells outside NAS Jacksonville; Risks Posed from Consuming Fish Exposed to Contaminants, New Jersey Finds

The Navy will begin testing drinking water wells outside of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., this month for the presence of contaminants found in firefighting foam. Previous testing of the groundwater in those areas revealed concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) significantly higher than the lifetime health advisory levels EPA issued in 2016. Officials say water used on the base is safe as that water comes from wells that are more than 1,000 feet deep and testing has not detected the presence of the contaminants, reported the Florida Times-Union. … A study released last month by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection found that fish in waterways near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst had significant amounts of PFAS in their bodies, prompting the agency to warn residents about the risk associated with consuming fish in lakes and creeks with elevated levels of the chemicals. The tests raise the potential that humans can be exposed to the contaminants through paths other than via drinking water, but a spokesman for the joint base said it had no immediate plans to test fish in local waterways for PFAS, reports the Intelligencer. “For off-base areas, sampling at this time is limited to drinking water, and surface water only to the extent that it becomes a drinking water source,” said Maj. Brian Wagner.

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