Air Force Civil Engineer Center expands area for water contamination sampling

Air Force Civil Engineer Center expands area for water contamination sampling

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has expanded the current sampling area for Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to include more private well owners.

The new area was expanded to include some residents living north of Deno Road and south of Euclid Road.

Officials began notifying residents door-to-door Wednesday of the expansion and requesting permission to sample drinking water wells within the expanded area. If you live in the current sampling area and have not yet been contacted for water sampling, you are asked to call the 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office at 509-247-5705, or email 92arw.pa@us.af.mil.

Air Force Civil Engineer Center expands area for water contamination sampling

“We are continuing to expand in order to determine the scope of the issue,” said Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “We care about our neighbors, as well as the progress being made, and will continue to keep the community informed.”

The base isn’t currently advising residents in the new testing area to switch to bottled water.

Residents who’s private wells were found to be contaminated by the two chemicals in earlier testing phases have been supplied bottled water by the air force for months.

PFOS/PFOA are classified by the EPA as unregulated emerging contaminants and are present in common household items and heat and fire resistant products. The EPA issued updated PFOS/PFOA lifetime health advisory levels in May of 2016.