NAS Oceana to host drinking water information meeting Thursday

NAS Oceana well water testing
The Navy plans to test drinking water wells near NAS Oceana. (Justin Belichis)

The Navy will speak to the public Thursday about tests being conducted on private drinking water wells near Naval Air Station Oceana.

Residents near NAS Oceana, and anyone interested, are invited to a Navy public information meeting Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at The Columbian Club of Virginia Beach,  1236 Prosperity Road.

There, officials will share information and answer questions regarding the testing for perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), according to an NAS Oceana news release.

The Navy tested a water sample from the city of Virginia Beach and did not detect the chemicals, according to the release. Homes that receive water from the city will not be tested.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a lifetime drinking water health advisory in May regarding PFOS, which is a  is a synthetic, fully fluorinated organic acid.

Epidemiology studies conducted by the EPA produced data that establish probable links between PFOS’ effects on human health, according to the health advisory. Specifically, liver health,  low birth weight, antibody response and cancer in lab animals tested are supported by EPA human epidemiology studies.

PFOS can also be transferred to the fetus in cord blood and to newborns through breast milk according to the EPA.

Representatives from the Navy, the EPA,  the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Department of Health will be present at the event, according to the release.

For more information about the event, click here or call 757-433-3132.





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