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Dover Air Force Base (WDEL file/NBC 10)

Wells near Dover Air Force Base have tested positive for chemicals that could cause major health problems.

The U.S. Air Force and Dover Air Force Base said in a release Sunday that they've notified Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) that four wells near the base have elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The chemicals are found in firefighting foam and a variety of other products.

As a result, the owners of the wells have provided bottled water to a shopping center, containing five businesses, two residences, and an office building, by Dover AFB. 

The Environmental Protection Agency has linked exposure to certain levels of PFOA and PFOS to cancer, liver and immune deficiencies as well as developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or breastfed infants


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