This facility is used for firefighting training programs. The facility is served by a municipal water supply system that provides its drinking water. There are no wells on-site. There is a retention pond surrounding the northern, western and eastern boundaries of the facility.
DEP conducted a site reconnaissance on April 4, 2019 and a preliminary site assessment (PSA) during the week of April 15, 2019. Groundwater, soil, sediment and surface water samples were collected. Based on the results of this sample event, on-site groundwater contamination by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) which are associated with firefighting aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), were detected above provisional cleanup target levels.
DEP will work with the City of Englewood on the development of a cleanup plan to remove or contain the contamination to prevent environmental impact and human exposure.
DOH has implemented a community sampling plan; as of October 9, 2019, fifteen private supply wells have been sampled; one of the results exceeded the PFOA/PFOS Health Advisory Level.
DEP’s Water Supply Restoration Program is providing bottled water to all interested affected private well owners whose test results exceeded the established EPA Health Advisory Level. This voluntary program also provides funding for a filter, well restoration or connection to public water system as necessary to ensure a safe drinking water supply. This bottled water supply will remain available until one of these options is in place.
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