Navy to provide drinking water for more property owners near Fentress

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Navy says they are contacting four property owners near the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress to deliver bottled water for drinking.

The Navy is providing the drinking water for the additional four property owners based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new drinking water health advisory levels for perflourinated compounds (PFCs).

On Thursday, the EPA replaced the 2009 provisional health advisory with a new, lifetime health advisory (LHA) level for PFCs. The LHA level has been established as .07 parts per billion (ppb) for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

A total of 52 private off-base drinking water samples were collected from Feb. 3 through Feb. 13 after PFCs were found in drinking water from base wells in January.

Results showed that two of those wells near Fentress had levels above the EPA’s provisional health advisory for PFCs.

The EPA’s new advisory means that four additional properties exceed the accepted level of PFCs.

“As the knowledge surrounding PFCs evolves and the scientific community learns more, we will continue our proactive approach with our partners to provide immediate action and keep our neighbors informed,” said NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Captain Louis Schager.

PFCs were once used in firefighting foam used for training at Fentress. The firefighting foam is no longer used.

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