Results for PFCs at Selected Navy Installations
The Navy has proactively developed a requirement to sample the finished drinking water for Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) at select installations associated with the use and releases of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF). PFCs are unregulated or "emerging" contaminants, which have no Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory standards and no routine water quality testing requirements. This testing is being conducted in an abundance of caution, as Navy policy requires it in the best interest of all the military and civilian personnel we serve.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is studying PFCs to determine if regulation is needed. Until a decision on regulating PFCs is made, the Navy is following a proactively developed policy to ensure on-base drinking water has not been impacted by PFC contamination at installations where there has been a nearby known or suspected release of PFCs to the environment. PFCs have been used in a variety of products and substances; the most common historical Navy use of the substances has been as a fire extinguishing surfactant in AFFF. Testing results are provided for the installations listed below because AFFF was released to the ground surface during training exercises in past years. For more information on the testing and some additional resources you may find informative, please visit the PFC General Information and Facts link below.
Military and civilian personnel are encouraged to contact their command leadership or their health care provider if they have individual questions or would like assistance in understanding and interpreting the results.
- Naval Air Station Oceana
- Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress
- Naval Weapons Station Earle Military Sealift Command Firefighting School
PFCs General Information and Facts