Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Suspected source: Firefighting foam used by Air Force at 167th Airlift Wing base at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport

The city of Martinsburg shut it’s Big Springs Water Filtration plant for testing and evaluation in May 2016. The city’s other plant at Kilmer Springs was free of PFOS/PFOA in May 2016.

In July 2016, the Big Springs Water Filtration Plant was reopened.

In January 2017, a representative of the West Virginia National Guard and Air Force told the Martinsburg City Council that the 167th Airlift Wing of the WV Natl. Guard contributed to PFOA contamination.

The Air Force and National Guard had planned to reimburse the city of Martinsburg $10 million for plant remediation, but that plan was put on hold in June 2017. The city of Martinsburg still intends to install remediation systems.


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