WATCH: Experts Testing for Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Drinking Water at Several Brevard County Schools
By Fox 35 // July 13, 2018
Experts are testing for cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water at several schools
ABOVE VIDEO: Experts are testing for cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water at several Brevard County schools. (Fox35 video)
(FOX 35) – Workers hired to collect samples of the drinking water in Brevard County focused on four schools in Satellite Beach on Wednesday. Those schools included Sea Park, Holland Elementary Schools, Delaura Junior High and Satellite Beach High School.
Brevard Public Schools said that they are paying $10,000 to test the water at a dozen beachside schools.
High levels of hazardous perfluorinated chemicals, contained in firefighting foam used by Patrick Air Force Base, were detected in groundwater on base.
Right next door, the health department is also collecting data about a possible cancer cluster in Satellite Beach among more than 20 high school alumni under the age of 40.
Environmental engineer Megan Dearrigoitia says that preflourinated chemicals were once used in stain, grease, and water repelling products. The EPA says that drinking water is considered hazardous if it has more than 70 parts per trillion, which is equal to one drop in an Olympic swimming pool.
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