Navy investigating water near NAS-CC

Posted at 11:30 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 00:43:25-05

An investigation is underway to determine if the groundwater near NAS-Corpus Christi is safe.

So-called "forever chemicals" were used on-base decades ago.

And there are concerns those chemicals have seeped into the groundwater in the Flour Bluff area.

They're called forever chemicals because they never break down, and never go away.

PFAS -- or Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances -- are chemicals which were in foam used to put out aircraft fires back in the 1970's and 80's.

However, some of the foam may have seeped off-base, and into the nearby water supply -- including private drinking wells.

The U.S. Navy now is in the early stages of a yearlong investigation to determine if toxic chemicals are in the soil and water around NAS-Corpus Christi.

"We stay in contact with the residents," said the Navy's Robert Fisher. "If there is any action we need to take in terms of providing an alternative drinking water source, we stay in close communication all the way through the process. Up to, and including, giving them alternative drinking water, if that's necessary."

The government acknowledges "forever chemicals" may be linked to cancer and other health issues.

Drinking water on the base currently comes from the municipal water supply and has tested safe.

It's water near the Naval Air Station which may be contaminated.

Navy officials said they plan to hold a public forum in Corpus Christi in February or March. We'll let you know when a date is set.

The defense department has found potential contamination at more than 400 military installations across the country.