Mar. 02, 2016

HARRISBURG—Reps. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) and Bernie O’Neill (R-Bucks) today called on the U.S. Department of the Navy to fund an independent health risk assessment study to determine if there are health risks stemming from past water contamination in Horsham and Warminster.

The Horsham Water and Sewer Authority has since taken the affected wells offline.

“While we know the water is now safe to drink, it’s important we understand what, if any, health risks exist from past water usage,” Stephens said.

In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Horsham Water and Sewer Authority released well sampling results that found perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in wells in the area.

Firefighting foams used for training at the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham and at the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster contained the compounds, but the military has not yet found the sources of the contamination.

“I applaud the actions of the EPA and the Horsham Water and Sewer Authority in ensuring our water is now safe but we are still left with many unanswered questions,” Stephens said.

Among the questions are: Is our health at risk from past exposure? If so, what is the risk to our health? What can we do to protect our families and minimize any long-term effect of exposure to these compounds?

“Our families deserve answers,” Stephens said. “I urge the Navy to address this as quickly as possible.”

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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