Firefighting Foam Threatens Water Sources at Fort Drum

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Article courtesy of Gordon Block and Eli Anderson | May 8th, 2016 | Watertown Daily Times | Shared as educational material.

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The Department Authority of the North Country has decided to shut down two functioning water wells due to contamination by prefluorinated chemicals. The most likely source was determined to be firefighting foams used to suppress aircraft and fuel fires during exercises at the airfield and during actual emergencies. The Department Authority has shut down these two wells even though the contaminant levels were well below the EPA limit of 100 parts per trillion. When asked to comment on this, The Department Authority claims that the closure was due to the “rapidly changing nature of the understanding and tolerance associated with this particular contaminant.” Read more about Fort Drum here.

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