In February through April 2020, the Navy conducted sampling of 40 private drinking water wells near Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville. Results from this investigation indicated there was no detection of either PFAS, specifically perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in any of the wells.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has classified Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) as unregulated or “emerging” contaminants which are not subject to Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory standards. The U.S. EPA is currently studying PFAS to determine whether regulations are required.
Through a Preliminary Assessment process, the Navy identified areas on NAS Kingsville where PFAS components were released or had potentially been released. PFAS may be present in the soil and/or groundwater at Navy sites as a result of historical activities that used firefighting foam, also know as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), such as response to crashes, equipment testing and firefighting training.
Because PFAS have the potential to migrate with groundwater, the Navy initiated an investigation of private drinking water wells in a designated area near NAS Kingsville. The Navy’s goal was to ensure that our neighbors’ drinking water wells had not been impacted by PFAS.
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