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Military to go Door to Door to Ask Residents for Well Samples; Contaminated Wells Found In Manchester

JACKSON-The Department of Defense ramped up its efforts to get water samples from residents in Jackson near Joint Base MDL whose well water may have been contaminated with fire suppression chemicals over three decades of use at the base.

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The Air Force is now going door to door to some 40 or 50 properties asking owners for permission to draw water samples after last week’s effort to voluntarily collect those samples.

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According to a report, base officials say two private wells in Manchester have already been closed due to contamination.

The Air Force released a statement:

The Department of the Air Force is currently conducting sampling of private drinking water wells for perfluoroctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) as part of a sampling program related to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) because some on-base groundwater locations on base were found to exceed EPA Health Advisory Levels (HALs) for these two compounds. JB MDL is hand delivering informational packages to approximately 40-50 properties in the southeastern portion of Jackson Township near the JB MDL boundary where they are seeking permission from property owners to sample their drinking water well.

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