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Homeowners Near Westhampton Air Base Plan To Sue Suffolk County Over Drinking Water Contamination

I am shocked that this story is still being reported as a private-well-only issue when The SH Press recently released a story that this is a PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY issue!! I hope the Department of Health can ensure the SCWA deals with this problem and make our PUBLIC water safe to drink again. http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Westhampton-Beach-Surrounding-Areas/500590/Contamination-Was-Found-In-Public-Water-Sources-In-Addition-To-Private-Wells-In-Westhampton-On-Quiogue
" Feb 23, 17 1:28 AM

DEC To Investigate Source Of Chemicals That Contaminated Westhampton Wells

10 months after the Press reported that this is a PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY issue all following reports have specified that this only affects private water well homes. THIS AFFECTS EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY IN THIS AREA (including local public restaurants)!!! The SCWA public water supply well is on Old Meeting House Road 2,000 feet directly south of the airbase!!!

http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Westhampton-Beach-Surrounding-Areas/500590/Contamination-Was-Found-In-Public-Water-Sources-In-Addition-To-Private-Wells-In-Westhampton-On-Quiogue" Sep 8, 17 9:59 AM

Hampton Bays Water District Failed To Test For PFOS, PFOA Contamination In First Quarter Of 2017

These results may soon go from bad to worse if a new EPA study that is being suppressed by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt shows that the current "safe" EPA PFOA levels in drinking water are actually much lower than 70 PPT: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/16/pruitt-chemical-study-epa-590947

These chemicals are bad news and can lead to major health problems such as "developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (e.g., low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations), cancer (e.g., testicular, kidney), liver effects (e.g., tissue damage), immune effects (e.g., antibody production and immunity), thyroid effects and other effects (e.g., cholesterol changes)." https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/drinking-water-health-advisories-pfoa-and-pfos.

One example of the possible effect on our community are residents on Hazelwood Ave, WHB who now have a possibly deadly autoimmune disease called Sarcoidosis. About 1 in 2,000 people in the US have this rare disease but 2 people in the same house on Hazelwood now have it and the home owners after them also have it now as well.

The Water Authority obviously does not want this information to come out and ultimately it is going to be up to our health department to get the answers and testing we need to understand this problem! At the very least the public should be aware of the contamination so they can make a decisions for their family but up to this point almost all public reporting has been incorrect and misleading. There is contamination in the PUBLIC water system, not only private as mostly reported in the past (http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Westhampton-Beach-Surrounding-Areas/500590/Contamination-Was-Found-In-Public-Water-Sources-In-Addition-To-Private-Wells-In-Westhampton-On-Quiogue). Now most people are not aware of any problem while those who try to stay informed think they are in the clear since they do not have a private well!

Another frustrating side note is the public water well that is a short distance south of the airbase were the contamination is coming from cannot operate in freezing temperatures so it is shut down in the winter. But, during the warmer months this contaminated well is put back into service to meet the lawn watering demand!!!

I applaud Mr. DePalma for his efforts and the members of the Southampton Town Board for their efforts. We need to get the correct information about this problem and make the public aware of it!! If you are still reading this and want to do something... tell your friends and family to look into this and at least make them aware that the public water in this area may not be safe to drink!" May 24, 18 10:58 AM

Contamination Found In Westhampton Monitoring Well Leads To Testing Of More Than 60 Private Drinking Water Wells In Quogue And East Quogue

"department officials declined to release specific concentrations of the chemicals" (oh boy) then next paragraph "was found to contain 11.62 parts per Billion of the same chemicals." 11.62 parts per Billion is equal to ~11,620,000 parts per Trillion. That is 166,000 times greater than the original EPA "safe" 70 ppt level which is now thought to be 10 times [1] too high which means the level is 1.66 MILLION times greater than the new EPA "safe" level. (Can anyone depute my math? Maybe I made a mistake)

The other major problem with this story is that these chemicals have been found in the PUBLIC water supply not just private wells. The DEC has published the findings of the public water contamination as well as SCWA on its own website "PFOA and PFOS were detected in public and private supply wells" [2] and even this paper has had a front page story about it!!!

These chemicals are seriously bad news and cause major health problems "exposure to PFOA and PFOS over certain levels may result in adverse health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (e.g., low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations), cancer (e.g., testicular, kidney), liver effects (e.g., tissue damage), immune effects (e.g., antibody production and immunity), thyroid effects and other effects (e.g., cholesterol changes). " [3]

The apparent lack of interest that our public water is poisoned shocks me. This seems to present a massive danger to our health and our children's health.... but no one seems to care. It blows my mind.

[1] https://www.upi.com/Delayed-HHS-report-lowers-minimal-risk-levels-for-toxic-chemicals/1571529531567/
[2] https://www.scwa.com/scwa_pursues_legal_action_against_companies_responsible_for_pfos_pfoa_and_14-dioxane_contamination/
[3] https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/drinking-water-health-advisories-pfoa-and-pfos
" Oct 27, 18 12:57 AM

Hampton Bays Fire Department Added To New York Superfund List For Contamination

Can someone double check my math, based on this SC WHB sampling report it seems their threshold for PFOS is .04 ug/l (microgram per liter) which is 40,000 ppt (parts per trillion).... 4,000 times the "safe" 10 ppt level

https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Portals/0/FormsDocs/health/EnvironmentalQuality/Website_SCDHS_Gabreski_Airport_PFC_Groundwater_Investigation.pdf" Mar 6, 19 10:23 AM

You left out a few: "health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (e.g., low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations), cancer (e.g., testicular, kidney), liver effects (e.g., tissue damage), immune effects (e.g., antibody production and immunity), thyroid effects and other effects (e.g., cholesterol changes)"

https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/drinking-water-health-advisories-pfoa-and-pfos" Mar 6, 19 10:25 AM

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