Report spurs concerns about water contamination for residents near former naval bases

A Politico report says staffers at the EPA tried to stop the release of a study of water contamination near the nation's military bases.

Mike DeNardo
May 16, 2018 - 12:54 pm
Faucet / Drinking Water
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Politico report says staffers at the EPA tried to stop the release of a study of water contamination near the nation's military bases. That's causing concern among residents near former bases, including at Willow Grove.  

The Politico report says a Department of Health and Human Services study shows certain chemicals, known as perfluorinated compounds, are dangerous at much smaller levels than the EPA previously said. Reading that floored Norristown attorney Joe Feliciani.

"I was stunned," he said. "These people are our protectors and there's not much protecting going on here."
     
Feliciani is representing residents in a class action against companies that made firefighting foams used at former naval bases at Willow Grove and Warminster.
     
"It tells me that the government is not worried about the citizens that elected the government," he said. "And it also tells me they're more worried about litigation."
      
Seventy-thousand residents near those bases had their water tested under the current EPA standard. 

Politico says the White House hasn't given the study a release date.