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Navy to hold public information open house to address concerns about Fentress drinking water

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Posted at 9:56 AM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 09:56:39-04

Chesapeake, Va. – On Thursday, the Navy will hold a public information open house for residents in the vicinity of Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress to talk about the test results for water samples taken from properties in the area.

Forty-eight of the 52 drinking water wells tested in the area fell below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provisionary health advisory levels for Perfluorooctane Sulfonate.

Two of the properties have levels exceeding the U.S. EPA preliminary health advisory levels, but they received bottled water.

Two other properties have PFC levels below the EPA health advisory levels and quarterly monitoring is recommended. The Navy is conducting the monitoring.

The open house will be held at Mount Pleasant Christian School, 1613 Mount Pleasant Road in Chesapeake from 4-7 p.m.

The Navy started testing drinking water samples in December 2015 at other installations including Fentress. In January 2016, drinking water samples showed that water contained PFCs above EPA standards.

Residents were notified on January 28th. In February, the Navy in partnership with the City of Chesapeake set up a water-fill station for residents who did not want to use their well water for cooking and drinking.

The Navy is now looking into more long-term solutions.

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Navy announces preliminary results of drinking water testing near NALF Fentress

Navy to begin testing well water near NALF Fentress after contaminates found in water on-base

Water tests show contaminants in water at Chesapeake’s Fentress airfield