Study Finds Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water at Two Dozen Bases

A study conducted by the Defense Department last year concluded that drinking water found at 24 bases exposes about 175,000 troops to toxic chemicals that have been associated with cancer and other serious illnesses.

According to an article published by Military Times, “The report, made public by the Environmental Working Group on Thursday, found that water tested from each of the bases contained more than 70 parts-per-trillion of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS, the Environmental Protection Agency’s previous cut-off for safe drinking water…The bases with dangerous PFAS levels include Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, as well as several Army and Air Force installations in South Korea.”

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