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Open House Public Meetings for the Navy’s Drinking Water Sampling Results near NAS Whidbey Island

01/27/17

NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – The Navy will hold its next two open house public meetings on the results from its ongoing community drinking water sampling for the emerging, national environmental issue of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) around NAS Whidbey Island facilities on Feb. 15 and 16, 2017.

 

 

 

The meeting on February 15 will be held in the Coupeville High School “commons” from 4–7 p.m. and in the Oak Harbor High School gym on February 16 from 5-8 p.m.

 

 

 

As of Jan. 21, 2017, the Navy has received 132 results for samples collected through the end of December in the areas surrounding NAS Whidbey Island's Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville.

 

 

 

There are still numerous residents in the sampling areas who have not signed up to have the Navy sample their drinking water. The Navy believes it is important to sample as many wells in the identified sampling areas in order to identify and address potential exposures in drinking water.

 

 

 

Initially, the Navy notified people in the sampling areas by letter to schedule sampling. The Navy sent a second letter to people in the sampling area who had not requested to have their drinking water sampled. If you know that your residence falls within the sampling areas, or suspect you might, and want to have your drinking water well sampled, please call 360-396-1030, and a Navy representative will call you back to make arrangements. Out of respect to residents' privacy, specific results will only be released by the Navy to the residents whom had their wells sampled. 

 

 

 

  • As of January 21, 2017, 30 additional residents in phase 1 sampling area authorized the Navy to sample their drinking water, which brings the total number of samples collected to 162. Of the total preliminary results received, eight preliminary results are above EPA lifetime health advisory level established for two specific PFAS, perfluorooctane sulfonate, PFOS and perfluorooctanoic acid, PFOA. 

  • The Navy received 77 preliminary sample results from properties near OLF Coupeville and seven results are above the EPA lifetime health advisory.  One well is shared between two residences, thus seven wells/eight residences are affected near OLF.

     

  • The Navy received 55 preliminary results from properties near Ault Field and one sample result is above the lifetime health advisory.

     

 

The Navy is providing drinking water to the owners of wells with drinking water concentrations that exceed the EPA’s lifetime health advisory as we work to validate the data and develop a long-term solution.  The Navy will update property owners on their validated results. 

 

 

 

Speculating on the cause of any positive results is inappropriate and premature until thoroughly investigated.

 

 

 

The Navy continues to work directly with residents, community leaders and federal, state and local agencies on this important national issue and will keep the community informed while respecting the privacy of individual residents.

 

 

 

Updates and additional information on this project is available at http://go.usa.gov/xkMBc. 

 

 

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND

 

 

 

The Navy continues to investigate drinking water sources at Navy Installations worldwide where PFAS are suspected - typically at locations with historic use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), a highly effective, life-saving fire suppressant, which contains PFAS. 

 

 

 

In Navy Region Northwest, this included investigating drinking water at NASWI and the OLF at Coupeville to determine if it is impacted from past releases of AFFF containing PFAS, which are classified by the EPA as unregulated or "emerging" contaminants and have no regulatory standards or routine water quality testing requirements.

 

 

 

The sampling will help the Navy determine if additional actions are needed to protect human health and the environment.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT                                       PUBLIC CONTACT

 

Mike Welding                                                 Leslie Yuenger

 

Public Affairs Officer                                     Public Affairs Officer

 

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island                 Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest

 

E-mail:Michael.welding@navy.mil                E-mail: Leslie.yuenger@navy.mil

 

Office: 360-257-2962                                      Office: 360-396-6387

 

Cell: 360-914-7915                                         Cell: 360-340-5592

 

 

 

 

 

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