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PFAS above government guideline detected in groundwater at hospital in Kin Town

  • October 28, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
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Okinawa Times front-paged a report saying that Ryukyu Hospital in Kin Town, which is located near Camp Hansen, announced on Wednesday that PFAS in excess of the government guideline of 50 nanograms per liter has been detected in tap water and well water there. The hospital surveyed the water following the detection of PFAS above the government guideline in the town’s groundwater. According to the hospital, 81 nanograms of PFOS and 36 nanograms of PFOA were detected in well water and 52 nanograms of PFOS and 26 nanograms of PFOA were confirmed in tap water. The hospital stopped taking water from the groundwater source on Oct. 8 when the results of the survey became available. The hospital has used both well water and tap water for drinking for more than four years, but no health damage has been reported by the approximately 300 hospital staff members or 250 to 260 patients. The paper quoted a hospital official as saying that although it is unknown whether the U.S. base is the source of contamination, the hospital has secured safe water for its staff and patients.

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