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Trace Amounts Of PFAS Detected In Three Jacksonville Wells

The City of Jacksonville said test results from three out of 30 of its water wells indicated trace amounts of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  According to a news release, the amounts discovered are within EPA regulations and well below actionable measure. Two of the wells in question are located along Highway 111 and one is located along Gum Branch Road. Until further testing can be done, City of Jacksonville Public Services has removed the three wells from service.  The wells that revealed trace amounts of PFAS will be resampled by a private lab. 

Out of an abudance of caution, the city decided to test all 30 of its wells on Feb. 4th following findings from the Department of the Navy in January of a PFAS release at Marine Corps Outlying Landing Field Camp Davis South. The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority later confirmed that no PFAS was detected in two wells located within one mile of the landing field.  

Correction: PRE incorrectly reported that ONWASA detected PFAS in two wells near the Camp Lejeune site.  In fact, the Department of the Navy reported the PFAS release at MCOLF Camp Davis. 

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.