Navy wants to test more private water wells near Fentress

Sampling will be performed May 3-13.

View over Fentress. June 27, 2015 Facebook/Keith Butt

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – The Navy is asking 12 more property owners near Navy Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress for permission to sample their drinking water.

52 private wells near Fentress have already been tested for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), after the chemicals were detected in drinking water at the base. Two of those wells had higher levels of PFCs than what is considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Now, the Navy wants to test the private wells at a dozen more properties to check for the presence of that same chemical. A policy states the Navy must expand its sampling area.

“When we started the testing we knew additional testing might be required,” said Capt. Lou Schager, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Oceana and Fentress. “We also promised to keep the community and our partners up-to-date and informed of where we are in the process and the next steps.”

The new sampling take place between May 3 through May 13. Once the results are back, property owners will be notified and a public information session will be held.

A water-fill station set up in February will remain open for now, for any residents with well water who want to use it.

The Navy no longer uses the fire fighting foam that contained PFCs.

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