Navy looking for chemicals from firefighting foam possibly in groundwater

Navy looking for chemicals from firefighting foam possibly in groundwater


now a Health Alert for people who live near na s jacks on the west side the Navy wants to start testing private wells in that area there’s concern about a toxin found in a firefighting foam used on the base which may have seeped into the groundwater it is important to note that the water which comes from JEA has already been tested and does not have the chemical in it News 4 Jax reporter Jim Pickett is joining us live near the base where he’s been talking with homeowners to get their reaction Jim you know most people I talked to today say they welcome the Navy coming in and doing this testing and they plan to give them permission to do so and they also saying they’re not really worried about what the results are going to be the Navy’s efforts to help protect people by training firefighters on the base might actually be hurting others contaminants from a firefighting foam may have ended up in private wells drinking water that people like Steve Penney well used daily he lives right next to the base does that concern you a little bit why so you don’t know what you drinking have you ever thought about it before that what could be in this next I have an artesian well so tastes good and that’s what the Navy wants to find out the chemicals commonly known as PFOA or P fos have been found in groundwater in the area on the base high levels are known to cause a number of health issues including cancer the Navy wants to test private wells in a limited area north and south of nes jacks to see if the levels are dangerous the Navy believes there are only a few wells there’s currently no legal requirement to test for this substance but the Navy said it’s being proactive and wants to ensure the safety and well-being of our neighbors so people obviously have a lot of questions about the water is it still safe to drink now and those are ones that are going to be answered at at a community meeting it’s going to be held on the 16th and hopefully they say they’ll know at that point if testing will be allowed and what’s going to happen when you hear it could be a cancer-causing agent does that give you any pause at all or no not really you think they’ll take care of and they’ll be fine yes if not it’s too late anyway you know since they’re seeking permission they haven’t really given a time when they’re going to start testing it could possibly be in September and it would take about 30 days and according to the Navy it really depends on the results of the levels come back high then they’ll supply drinking water to those homes that are affected until a permanent solution can be found we’re live at nes jacks on the west side Jim Pickett channel 4 the local station Jim thank you that community meeting that Jim mentioned will be a week from this Thursday August 16th from 4 to 7 p.m. it’ll be held at the Courtyard by Marriott on Wells Road in Orange Park the open house will include informational displays representatives of the Navy the Environmental Protection Agency JEA and the Florida Department of Health will all be on hand

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