The Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, near Meridian, MS, is requesting permission from some of its neighbors to test drinking water wells for chemical contamination this month.

“Out of concern for our neighbors near the installation, NAS Meridian is requesting to test water wells for contaminants. The testing will be for PFOS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) and AFFF (aqueous film forming foam),” Capt. Scott Bunnay, NAS Meridian commanding officer, said.

In June 2016, the Navy issued a policy to identify areas of known, or potential, PFAS release to the environment. As part of this policy, the Navy is testing for PFOS and PFOA in water wells on board the installation and private water wells around NAS Meridian within one mile of sites where AFFF was used in the direction that groundwater flows, according to the news release.

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