CDC: Some in Horsham, Warrington, Warminster exposed to PFCs several times the safe level:
Over the past few years, thousands of residents in Philadelphia suburbs have been exposed to contaminated drinking water as a result of toxic chemicals coming from neighboring U.S. military bases. The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an agency working under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has cited two former Navy bases as sources for harmful toxins in the local water supply. Around 70,000 residents in the Horsham, Warrington, and Warminster areas have been exposed to contaminated drinking water over the past three years. About 50% of local wells, both public and private, have been shut down over the past three years due to the serious health risks the water presents.
Firefighting Foam the Source of Water Contamination in Pennsylvania
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits a 70-part per trillion threshold for toxins in the water supply. In some of the more affected areas in Bucks and Montgomery counties, levels as high as 15 times the EPA’s limits. The central areas of Warminster were reported to have had the highest toxicity levels, located near the former Naval Air Warfare Center. Some areas just East have reported levels triple the EPA’s standards. These chemicals have been associated with a variety of life-threatening medical diagnoses, including different types of cancer, liver disease, and kidney disease.
Residents and Officials in Greater Philadelphia Work on Water Contamination
Over the last three years, the wells associated with the contamination crisis have been taken out of commission. Recent discussion of this alarming issue has given rise to the potential formation of a Community Advisory Panel, in which residents and area officials will work in collaboration and state and federal authorities to better address the concerns with the water contamination. Senator Bob Casey, of Pennsylvania, and a collection of other local officials and lawmakers have called for a national health study to better investigate the risks posed by the toxins in local water.
Pennsylvania Water Contamination Lawyers
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