Contaminated Water On 126 Bases Linked To Cancer and Birth Defects

first published on April 29, 2018 by

In March, the Pentagon provided a report to the House Armed Services Committee warning of water contamination across 126 military installations.

The Pentagon warned that harmful levels of certain chemicals were found which have been linked to cancers, birth defects, and developmental delays for fetuses and infants.

The 126 sites reported to have on-base or off-base drinking water or groundwater contamination tested above the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOS and PFOAs).

These potentially harmful chemicals are regularly found in a number of common household and food items. However, the elevated, dangerous levels of the substances are believed to be connected to a foam compound military firefighters use to put out aircraft fires. The Air Force has awarded a contract to replace the fire retardant foam with something less dangerous.

The number of installations sampled where results exceeded EPA’s acceptable levels include nine Army bases, 40 Navy and USMC installations, and 39 Air Force bases. The troops and their families occupying these installations are being given special filtration systems and bottled water to mitigate their risk to the cancer-causing compounds.

To see a list of the bases that are most effected by the water contamination CLICK HERE.