|Well contamination by Pennsylvania military bases has neighbors on edge|
By Kyle Bagenstose
Burlington County Times
February 28, 2016
Iwona Jodlowska was seeking answers about her husband’s health, but only found questions about her own.
Sitting at a coffee shop in Warminster in January, the 53-year-old Warminster resident looked over a wealth of information Calkins Media had compiled about a pair of chemical compounds called PFOA and PFOS.
Part of a class of chemicals called perfluorinated compounds, PFOA and PFOS had been found 1 1/2 years earlier in public and private water wells in parts of Warminster, Horsham and Warrington adjacent to military facilities.
Data from the Environmental Protection Agency showed the areas were among the most contaminated in the nation: samples from the three townships were among the 10 highest for both perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) nationwide.
The perfluorinated compounds were a key ingredient in the firefighting foams used for decades at the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster and the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham. Contamination from the chemical compounds also was found at the Horsham Air Guard Station, which is still a functioning military facility. The military hasn't officially identified a source there, although public affairs officer Master Sgt. Chris Botzum said firefighting foams were used in the station's hangars.
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