Public meeting Tuesday to discuss NALF Fentress drinking water

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Navy is inviting residents near NALF Fentress to attend a public information meeting Tuesday to learn about what’s being done to address drinking water issues in the area.

Some private wells near Fentress have been found to be contaminated with perflourinated compounds (PFCs), which were once in firefighting foam used for training at the military airport.

From February 3 to February 13, a total of 52 private off-base drinking water samples were collected after PFCs were found in drinking water from base wells in January. Six properties in the area have been determined to have levels of PFCs that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards.

The meeting will include information displays. Representatives from the Navy, the EPA, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Chesapeake and the Virginia Department of Health will all be at the event.

The meeting will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at Butts Road Intermediate School, 1571 Mount Pleasant Road.

For more information about the meeting, you can visit the public web site at www.cnic.navy.mil/FentressInfo, e-mail fentressinfo@navy.mil, or call 757-433-3132.

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