Navy Tests Private Wells at Former Maine Naval Air Base

Aerial view of the U.S. Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine (USA), on 20 October 2008. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class David Hewitt)
Aerial view of the U.S. Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine (USA), on 20 October 2008. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class David Hewitt)

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Officials say the US Navy has tested several dozen private wells outside the former Brunswick Naval Air Station for the presence of chemicals.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Navy and the state Department of Environmental Protection say the tests are aimed at determining whether PFCs, or perfluorochemicals, are migrating in groundwater beyond known contamination sites at the air base.

The Navy collected voluntary water samples from homeowners in a rural neighborhood along the former base's southeastern edge and from an area across Bath Road and Route 1 from April through June.

DEP says none of the samples it tested with the Navy had PFC levels above the health levels established by federal health officials.

Navy officials told homeowners they would likely be notified of results this month.

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