Perfluorinated Compounds Persist at Whidbey Island Water

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Article courtesy of the Dyer Oxley | December 15th, 2016 | MyNorthwest.com Writer | Shared as educational material.

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Recently, in Whidbey Island, Washington, the Navy found toxic levels of a firefighting chemical named Perfluorinated Compounds (PFAS) in water used for drinking. After 2002, PFAS are no longer used to make Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), but the toxic AFFF is still being phased out. Of 340 potential sites for contamination, the Navy has taken 100 samples from all over the country and received 34 results. Of the results thus far, three samples exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s lifetime health advisory levels for PFAS. The Navy is committed to cleaning up the pollution and is providing drinking water until it finds an adequate solution. Read more about it here.

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