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Nov 7, 2017 4:25 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

More Results Come In From Wainscott Well Tests

Nov 7, 2017 5:22 PM

Recent results from the Suffolk County Health Department’s testing of private wells in Wainscott were revealed last week.

One well had levels of the chemical compounds perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, that were above the Environmental Protection Agency’s lifetime health advisory level of 0.07 parts per billion, East Hampton Town Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez explained at a meeting on Saturday of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee.

Of 246 private water wells that have been identified for testing based on their proximity to the East Hampton Airport, 122 have been sampled by the department, with 52 of those sampled last week.

The owners of two wells refused to have their water tested and would not say why, Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said.

The Health Department had sampled 40 wells as of late October did not have high traces of the two chemical compounds, and the results came in recently for another 26 wells. Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said that 15 of those wells had levels of these perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, that did not exceed the advisory level, while the remaining 10 had no detection of the PFCs in the water.

There are still about tested 96 wells whose results are pending. There have also been 39 additional requests from private well owners to have their water tested.

The first batch of wells to be tested were in Wainscott Woods near the airport, but Ms. Burke-Gonzalez declined to say where the more recent samples had been taken. Test results usually take about four weeks, she said.

The more recent tests were undertaken after the County Health Department issued a water quality advisory on October 11 after the airport indicated that it had used or stored products that may have contained PFCs, causing the State Department of Environmental Conservation to ask the Health Department to sample drinking water supplies near the airport.

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A. What about Southampton Town residents? Especially those just over the dotted line west of the airport.
B. Is the following vague information - with no numbers or standards-intentional obsfucation, or sloppy reporting?
"The Health Department had sampled 40 wells as of late October did not have high traces of the two chemical compounds, and the results came in recently for another 26 wells. Ms. Burke-Gonzalez said that 15 of those wells had levels of these perfluorinated compounds, or ...more
By bambi (68), bridgehampton on Nov 8, 17 7:29 AM
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