Chesapeake, VA – The Navy is contacting four property owners in the vicinity of Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Fentress to deliver bottled water, based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s new drinking water health advisory level for perflourinated compounds (PFC), specifically perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
Yesterday, May 19, 2016, the EPA replaced the 2009 provisional health advisory (PHA) with a new, lifetime health advisory (LHA) level for PFCs. The LHA level has been established as .07 parts per billion (ppb) for PFOS and/or PFOA.
When the Navy began testing drinking water samples from properties near NALF Fentress in February, the validated test results showed two properties exceeded the U.S. EPA’s PFC provisionary health advisory levels of .2 ppb for PFOS and .4 ppb for PFOA. The EPA's new LHA value now shows four additional properties exceed the .07 ppb level. Combined with the previously-mentioned two properties that are receiving bottled water, the Navy will now deliver bottled water to a total of six properties, based on the EPA’s LHA level.
“Throughout the testing initiative, our team has stressed our commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of our Sailors, Civilians, and our Chesapeake neighbors,” said NAS Oceana Commanding Officer Captain Louis Schager. “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.”
The Navy started testing drinking water for PFCs in December 2015 at installations, including Fentress, where firefighting foam that contained PFCs was once used for training. The firefighting foam is no longer used for training.