Leaders at the Bethany Slavic Missionary Church boasted it as the cleanest water in Sacramento.
What they didn’t know was that the water had toxic chemicals left from firefighting foam used for decades on a now-shuttered Air Force base a mile away. https://lat.ms/35fHiLF
The church’s well is one of many water sources near military bases across the U.S. where man-made chemicals, known as PFAS, have seeped into drinking water. https://lat.ms/35fHiLF
California has more military bases contaminated with chemicals than any other state—at least 21 that exceed federal health guidelines, according to hundreds of pages of Pentagon documents reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. https://lat.ms/35fHiLF
In communities surrounding at least six of the bases, contaminants have spread to both private wells and public drinking water systems.
Officials estimate that the costs for cleanup could be in excess of $2 billion. https://lat.ms/35fHiLF
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