Navy sets meetings for next week on well testing

Tests to check for chemical in firefighting foam deemed potentially harmful by EPA

Navy officials set three open-house meetings next week to discuss with the public plans to test drinking water in wells in the vicinity of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Ault Field base and Outlying Field Coupeville.

The tests will show whether levels of perfluoroalkyl substances used in firefighting foam exceed the lifetime health advisory levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year.

The first meeting will be 5-9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21 in at the Oak Harbor Elementary School located at 151 Southeast Midway Boulevard.

There will be two meetings at the Camp Casey Conference Center at 1276 Engle Road in Coupeville on Nov. 22. The first meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second from 5-9 p.m. The Navy encourages the public to attend any time during the open house period.

Residents in the vicinity of the Ault Field base on North Whidbey and the touch-and-go field near Coupeville, and other interested parties, are invited to attend the public meetings to learn about the Navy’s plans to test water from wells near the two sites, according to a press release from the Navy.

The Navy will test the Town of Coupeville’s main wells, which are near OLF Coupeville. The town is also doing independent testing.

Tests of well water at OLF Coupeville found levels of the chemical below the lifetime limit. Tests of well water near the firefighter training area on North Whidbey, however, found levels that exceed the limit, the Navy reported.

Additional information will be provided to the public as it becomes available.

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