Navy tests show contamination in two Central Whidbey wells
by Jessie Stensland
Whidbey Examiner (WA)
December 14, 2016
The Navy is providing bottled drinking water to two homes on Central Whidbey and at least one on North Whidbey after preliminary tests showed the level of potentially harmful chemicals exceeded the lifetime health advisory set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A retired Navy doctor, who asked not to be named, said he and his wife were alerted to the test results Friday afternoon and soon afterward Navy officials showed up with bottled water.
“I about fell off my chair,” he said. “It was like a gut punch.”
The couple has lived in their home about three-quarters of a mile from the Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville for 17 years.
The man said their well tested at six times the advisory level for perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. Testing for the other chemical, perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, was inconclusive and has to be done again; a positive result could further increase the overall level, he said.
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See also http://www.sanjuanjournal.com/news/whidbey-group-calls-for-navy-site-closure-after-aquifer-contamination/
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