“MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – 126 military bases across the country have dangerous chemicals in their drinking water.

That’s according to a 61-page report released to Congress by the Pentagon.

It’s the first time a list containing all the bases affected by the contamination has been made public.

Two of those bases are in Wisconsin, both General Mitchell Air Reserve Station in Milwaukee and Ft. McCoy in Western Wisconsin.

The list shows potentially dangerous levels of the chemicals PFOS and PFOA that have been linked to cancer and birth defects.

The chemicals are used in a number of household items, but it is concentrated into a foam used by the military to help fight fires on base.

The military started using the foam back in the 1970’s, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the EPA started looking at the danger, and it was 2009 before the military took notice.

The dangerous levels of PFOS and PFOA were found in five of the six wells tested at Mitchell, with some wells testing far above the EPA standards for safety…

The Pentagon found groundwater contamination in 564 wells that were not on bases across the country.

The testing done at Mitchell was limited to six wells on base.  The Defense Department plans to keep testing in 2018 to see just how far the chemicals spread.”

Read the full article by Mark McPherson