NAS Whidbey Island public meeting for off-base ground and drinking water investigation

(OAK HARBOR)- Oak Harbor residents living near NAS Whidbey Island's Area 6 landfill site and other interested community members are invited to attend a public information meeting to learn about the Navy's continuing plans regarding its groundwater and drinking water sampling near Ault Field's Area 6, related to potential impacts from past waste disposal at the site.

The meeting will be held Monday, June 18, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Oak Harbor High School gymnasium, located at 1 Wildcat Way in Oak Harbor.

The groundwater chemicals of concern in for drinking water include vinyl chloride, 1,4-dioxane, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Navy conducted off-base drinking water and groundwater sampling between February and April 2018. The results of the initial investigation and the details of the next phase of the investigation will be presented.

The meeting format will include informational displays along with representatives from the Navy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Washington State Department of Health, and Island County Public Health.